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Syracuse-area congressman to vote against immigration bill, despite Governor’s call-out

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse-area Congressman Brandon Williams plans to vote no on a legislative package intended to address the migration crisis at the United States’ border with Mexico.

In a statement, the Republican says the bill is “DOA,” (dead on arrival).

Congressman Williams said: “It took over 1,000 days for President Biden to admit we have a crisis at our southern border. The Senate bill has two objectives; cramming through more spending and giving Biden a ‘get out of jail free’ card on the border.”

Williams criticized a provision allowing the United States to slow migration if daily average crossings reach 4,000 over a one-week span.

The Secretary of Homeland Security would be required to declare an emergency if there’s an average of 5,000 or more migrants encountered each day for seven consecutive days or if there are more than 8,500 encounters on any one day.

“5,000 illegal entries per day is a crisis, not a fix,” said Rep. Williams.

In Central New York on Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul called out Williams by name, urging he and other New York Congressional Republicans to support the bill.

“I’m calling on Congressman Williams to join with all the other members to be a coalition of the willing,” said Hochul, “Those willing to solve this problem and not just grandstand. I’m calling them out today.”

Hochul said New York State and New York City would benefit from funding as epicenters of the crisis.

Central New York’s other Republican representatives include Elise Stefanik and Marc Molinaro.

Stefanik trashed the bill. Molinaro’s office said the congressman is reviewing the details.

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