Sen. Kyrsten Sinema angry over taxpayer border funds being sent to New York City

 August 5, 2023

In recent months, New York City has been flooded with continuous busloads of illegal immigrants, putting the crisis in a new perspective for many who had written it off as no big deal.

According to Breitbart, it was revealed several months ago that U.S. taxpayer funds meant for southern U.S. border communities have been "siphoned" to New York City, and one border state senator is fuming mad about it.

That senator, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), a former Democrat, blasted the two Democratic congressmen who bragged about getting the money to New York City, where some 95,000 illegals have arrived since this spring.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bragged earlier this year about the roughly $105 million in taxpayer funds they were able to secure for New York City. At a recent first responders roundtable discussion, Sinema let her feelings about that be known in no uncertain terms.

"The reason the money is going to New York is because [the House Minority leader] is from New York and the leader of the United States Senate is from New York," Sinema said. "That is how a bunch of money went to New York."

Sinema described the money to New York City to help cover immigration costs as "wrong and unfair."

She added, "When I fought really hard to make sure that this money got included in the omnibus budget December of last year … we fought really hard to get this in. The money was intended, and there’s language that was put in the law that said it should be going for decompression at the border."

Sinema is all too familiar with the crisis at the southern U.S. border, as her state, along with Texas, are bombarded with tens of thousands of illegals on a daily and weekly basis, and like many, feels the Biden administration isn't doing enough to help those communities.

"I want you to know that I am continuing to fight this, and I am livid that the administration is sending money to a part of the country that, while it has a lot of folks showing up in its shelter, they don’t have folks wandering the streets of our small towns and communities or facing heat exhaustion, showing up without basics like formula — people coming with chicken pox."

She made clear that Texas and Arizona are taking the "brunt" of the illegal immigration crisis, and that places like New York City only see a fraction of the number seen in border communities.

"What we’re experiencing here in Arizona is matched only by what folks are experiencing in southern Texas. Those are the two communities that are experiencing this crisis. The rest of the country are seeing some elements of it. But we are facing the brunt," Sinema said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has repeated calls for the Biden administration to send his city billions in an effort to offset costs associated with housing and feeding the illegals.

The illegal immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border will undoubtedly be one of the hottest topics in the 2024 election season.