Congress is sending federal funds to New York, leaving actual border states like Arizona with scraps by comparison. Is this right?
From New York Post. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema slammed Democratic Party leaders again Wednesday for celebrating more than $100 million in federal funds to help shelter migrants in New York while her own border state of Arizona was given a fraction of that.
The senator, who left the Democratic Party in December to become an independent, doubled down on criticism she made earlier this month of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) after the two boasted in June of securing Gotham $104.6 million of an $800 million grant from the Biden administration.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded just $23,890,395 in the same month to organizations in Arizona through its Shelter and Services Program, according to its webpage.
In an interview with Politico published Wednesday, Sinema said the reason for the discrepancy was “fairly obvious.” …
“The fact that a yeoman’s amount of this money went to New York City, in my opinion, is wrong because they are not a border state and they are not facing the kind of pressure that we are facing here.” …
Mayor Eric Adams has said the Big Apple faces a shocking $12 billion price tag over the next year to house and care for its growing migrant population.
“We are past our breaking point,” Adams warned the Biden administration in an address at City Hall.
Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego has also criticized the Biden administration for its decision to allocate the “funding away from border communities and towards interior states.”
“After continued conversations with entities in Arizona whose funding has been altered under the new allocation, it is clear Arizona’s communities face potentially dire funding cliffs,” Gallego wrote in an Aug. 1 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Arizona Democrat said his state’s funds would last only a few months before running out. …
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(Excerpt from New York Post. Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)