After hearing New York Immigration Coalition director Murad Awawdeh express a need for more immigrants despite New York City Mayor Eric Adams saying the Big Apple was "out of room," U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) had two questions for him: "How many do you want and where do you want them?"
Strong had a short but heated exchange with Awadeh during a House Homeland subcommittee hearing Tuesday where he pressed him on his immigration stance.
"You stated we need more immigrants, where would you like them to be sent to?" Strong asked the director.
Strong continued, "You say you need more immigrants, I'll tell you this right here, I've spent a lot of time in New York in the last couple months, I was there this last weekend and met with hundreds of people from New York. I didn't have one that said, 'Send us more illegal aliens to New York.' I want to know if you want more illegal aliens tell me where you want them and how many do you want."
Mayor Adams has drawn criticism from Democrats for opposing bringing more illegal immigrants into his city. He said the situation has gotten so dire that the city may have to cut funding for law enforcement and schools to cover the costs of dealing with the crisis, the Daily Caller reported.
Awadeh responded by saying New York needed to increase its workforce after experiencing a population loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and residents fleeing to other states.
Strong simply repeated his question, "How many do you want and where do you want them?"
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