Representatives Tenney and Stefanik demand Biden’s response to New York migrant surge

Two Republican congresswomen in New York are demanding that the Biden administration answer questions about secretly transporting migrants across the United States – after dozens of Colombian immigrants recently arrived in the small northern community Watertown State.

“We are writing in the wake of reports that your administration is actively settling migrants in upstate New York communities,” wrote Upstate Representatives Claudia Tenney and Elise Stefanik — the third Republican to serve. the U.S. House of Representatives — in a Wednesday letter obtained by The Post.

GOP Congressmen Nick Langworthy, Michael Lawler and Marc Molinaro also signed the message.

Lawmakers cited a shocking Post report that more than 30 migrants have been living in the town of Jamestown, located in rural Chautauqua County, since late last year.

Most of the migrants made their way to Jamestown on their own after learning about the safety of the city from fellow commuters in El Paso, Texas, several had previously told The Post.

But leaders in the town – which has a population of just 28,393 – fear the influx of immigrants could quickly overwhelm local services and infrastructure in Jamestown, not least because neither the migrants nor the town have received additional assistance from the state or federal government.

Colombian migrants volunteer and shop at Community Helping Hands in the Gateway Center, Jamestown, NY.

More than 30 migrants have been living in Jamestown, a town in upstate New York, since late last year.


Migrant children play in their home in Jamestown.

Several Colombian migrants said they landed in Jamestown after learning of its safety from other cross-border commuters in El Paso.


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Colombian migrants Brenda, 32, who fled Colombia with her two young children, and Ricaurte, 52, speak with Max Martin, president of the Jamestown Hispanic Community Council.

Jamestown leaders fear the small town lacks the resources to support the migrant population.


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“(W)e wish to express our outrage at the secrecy with which your administration has conducted and continues to conduct these nationwide relocation operations,” the lawmakers wrote. “This unprecedented influx of migrants into the United States is a clear sign of the failure of your administration’s policies on the southern border.”

Tenney and Stefanik submitted a list of six demands:

  • The number of illegal migrants who have been apprehended at the southern border and relocated to New York by the government since January 2021;
  • A complete list of New York counties and municipalities to which migrants have been sent and to which areas migrants can be expected to be sent in the future;
  • Documents proving that executive branch agencies notified New York counties, municipalities, and local law enforcement that migrants would arrive, or an explanation of why the government chose not to;
  • Information on how the White House monitors the status and whereabouts of migrants they have moved since January 2021;
  • The fate of every migrant who has been relocated by the government to New York State since January 2021; and
  • A promise that the Biden administration will commit to notifying Tenney and Stefanik’s offices and local authorities whenever illegal migrants are relocated to the state.

The pols demanded a response from the White House by the end of the month and threatened to take action against the administration if they did not, “including, but not limited to, the suspension of additional federal funding”.

“Rather than shifting the burden onto the small communities we represent, which are not equipped to handle the influx, the answer is to secure the border,” they said.

U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY) speaking at a House Republican leadership press conference.

Representative Claudia Tenney authored the letter requesting information from the Biden administration on the influx of migrants into New York state.


Rep.  Elise Stefanik speaks at a press conference.

Representative Elise Stefanik had sent a letter to the White House last year demanding that the government stop sending migrants to the Empire State.


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US President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine's continued support in its fight against Russia, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

The police threatened to hold President Biden accountable if he did not respond to their demands.


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“Already, your current policies have created a humanitarian and national security catastrophe that undermines the rule of law and empowers human traffickers and criminal gangs.”

The White House did not return an immediate request for comment.

The missive comes almost exactly a year after Stefanik submitted a letter to Biden asking him to stop sending migrants to New York.

The crisis has only accelerated over the past year, particularly in New York.

At least 41,000 migrants have arrived in the Big Apple from the southern border since the spring, according to the town hall.

Mayor Eric Adams said housing and providing services for incoming migrants could cost the Big Apple up to $2 billion, as the city plans to open a sixth emergency shelter in Midtown for migrants.