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GOP Rep Takes Democrat To Task For Trying To Tell Witnesses They’re Not ‘Experts’ On Border Crisis

Republican New York Rep. Anthony D’Esposito criticized Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman after Goldman told witnesses they were not experts and shouldn’t talk about the immigration crisis. .

During a Homeland Security Committee hearing entitled “Protecting Our Preparedness: Assessing the Impact of the Border Crisis on Emergency Management,” Mr. Goldman told a group of witnesses that they were not experts and that Mr. D’Esposito He said he was only called to testify because of his alleged friendship with the man. .

“We expect this to be a very strong hearing for the New York City Council, but it’s not clear why it’s a hearing for the U.S. Congress, which seems obsessed with New York,” Goldman began. . Last week was focused entirely on New York’s messaging bill. I appreciate that our witnesses are friends of the Chair, but with all due respect, none of you other than Mr. Awadeh has any expertise on immigration policy. I’ve listened to everyone’s opinions, but I just want to make sure of one thing. A few things. ”

Goldman then sparred with one of the witnesses, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, about whether immigrants are tested before they arrive in New York City and the impact immigrants have on local crime. Ringed.

Mr. D’Esposito asked Mr. Goldman to comment on the credibility of the witnesses.

“Well, thank you, Mr. Goldman, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are on the Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, and the title of this hearing is is “Protecting Our Preparedness”: An Impact Assessment. On border crisis management. This is not an immigration hearing, nor is it focused on immigration. We focus on the failed policies of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Joe Biden. And I would like to thank three Republican witnesses who I believe are experts in crisis management and emergency management. It’s about dealing with this crisis. ”

New York City has seen a surge in illegal immigration in recent months after Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing immigrants out of state.Democratic New York Mayor Eric Adams announced Cities will cut budgets, close libraries and freeze police hiring to deal with rising costs from the immigration crisis.

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