Officials oppose Biden administration plans to move migrants to Atlantic City Int’l Airport

A federal plan could see some of the immigrants currently being housed in New York City being bused to Atlantic City for shelter.

Matt Trapani and Chris Keating

Sep 1, 2023, 8:59 PM

Updated 324 days ago

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Atlantic County leaders are saying no to a suggestion that Atlantic City International Airport be used to temporarily house migrants who have no place to stay in New York City.
The suggestion to use the airport is from the United States Department of Homeland Security, which provided New York City Mayor Eric Adams with a list of 11 possible locations to resettle migrants who were bused there from Texas. The airport was suggested because the property is owned by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The migrants would be housed at another area on the property, not at the terminal.
Elected leaders gathered outside Atlantic City Hall to push back against any plans to house migrants within the grounds of the airport.
“We are not the solution to a problem we did not create,” said Atlantic County Executive Dan Levinson.
Right now, New York City is in crisis as they have 60,000 migrants who need housing and services.
But those in Atlantic County say they don’t have the resources nor the interest to help.
“In my experience as the mayor, Atlantic City has the been the perennial dumping ground make no mistake about it,” said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.
Despite those remarks, the leader of the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County believes some families restarting their lives in the United States should be welcomed and given assistance.
"They’re here for the same reasons that many of us have come to the United States for a better life for themselves and their children,” Lopez says. “We have to have the compassion there has to be some solutions."
The Department of Homeland Security did not state how many migrants could actually be relocated to the airport.
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