Panel to hold latest hearing about migrants on public land

By Garrett Downs | 06/10/2024 06:45 AM EDT

The House Natural Resources Committee has made the issue a top priority this Congress.

Immigrants run in the rain towards the tents at migrant housing location at Floyd Bennett Field.

Immigrants walk in the rain toward tents at the migrant housing location at Floyd Bennett Field on Jan. 9 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. Mary Altaffer/AP

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday will hold another hearings on migrants sheltering at a New York public park. The committee’s top Democrat called it a dead end.

The hearing — “Destroying America’s Best Idea: Biden’s Border Crisis, Desecrating National Park Lands and Damaging Communities” — is part of an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee probe into New York City’s use of Floyd Bennett Field to house migrants bused in by Republican-led states.

The investigation centers on whether New Yorkers have been deprived of those public lands, but carries election-year undertones as the GOP tries to pin blame on President Joe Biden for an influx of migrants at the southern border.


According to a GOP committee spokesperson, the panel has invited witnesses involved in the negotiations to house migrants on a National Park Service property.