‘Third world slum’: Hearing turns into immigration bash-fest

By Garrett Downs | 06/14/2024 06:45 AM EDT

The House Natural Resources Committee has focused on migrants housed at a national park in New York. Democrats decried the event as “fake.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.).

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) criticized conditions at Floyd Bennett Field in New York, federal property being used to house migrants. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday met for the sixth time to discuss migrants being housed in a New York City site run by the National Park Service, but the proceedings mostly centered on President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is conducting a long-running probe into New York City’s decision to temporarily house migrants bused from GOP-led states on Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Congressional Republicans claim New Yorkers are being deprived of their public lands, while Democrats have denounced the investigation as political theater.


It didn’t take long for the panel to devolve into an election-year political exercise over the southern border, with several New York Republicans who don’t sit on the committee being granted waivers to appear and rip President Joe Biden’s immigration policy.