Arizona is losing federal immigration funds to New York City. That could have dire consequences

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 12:56pm
Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2023 - 12:58pm

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New York City has become the center of the immigration debate in recent months. That takes the attention — and, it turns out, much of the funding to deal with it — away from border states like Arizona.

Millions of federal dollars that would have gone to Arizona for efforts to help asylum seekers are now going to New York, which is experiencing a flood of migrants of its own that began with a political stunt by the governors of states like Texas and Florida and has ballooned since.

But, without sufficient federal funding to aid asylum seekers, local officials are running out of money. That could have dire consequences.

Curt Prendergast, with the Substack newsletter the Tucson Agenda, spoke more about this issue with The Show.

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