Six House Democrats have crossed the aisle and joined Republicans to pass a bill blocking federal lands from being used for migrant camps.
The legislation, which blocks all public lands, including national parks, from housing illegal immigrants, passed by a vote of 224 to 203.
The bill was proposed by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).
The move came after Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration approved the request by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams to use Floyd Bennett Field to house thousands of illegal border crossers.
“Turning our federal parks into encampments for unvetted migrants from all over the world is unfair to surrounding communities and the taxpayers who are being forced to foot the bill while our Mayor bankrupts our city and slashes services from our citizens,” Malliotakis said in a statement.
The six Democrats who voted with Republicans on the bill were Reps.:
Henry Cuellar (D-TX) Don Davis (D-NC) Jared Golden (D-ME) Vicente Gonzalez Jr. (D-TX) Mary Peltola (D-AK) Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA)
Illegal immigration is now at record-high levels.
More than 8 million migrants are being let into the country, according to some estimates.
Border states, meanwhile, are being overrun.