Biden EPA Giving Millions To ‘Immigrant Justice’ Groups Registering, ‘Mobilizing’ Dem-Leaning Voting Bloc

Biden EPA Giving Millions To ‘Immigrant Justice’ Groups Registering, ‘Mobilizing’ Dem-Leaning Voting Bloc

  • April 16, 2024

Nick Pope, Daily Caller

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is handing out millions of taxpayer dollars to a coalition featuring two immigration-focused activist organizations, one which pushes voter registration for traditionally Democrat-leaning demographics.

As part of a $600 million round of grant funding issued in December 2023 to advance “environmental justice,” the EPA gave out $50 million to a Fordham University-led coalition including the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ). The NYIC explicitly engages in “nationally recognized” voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts and pushed for a New York City law that allows non-citizens to vote, while the NJAIJ has advocated for same-day voter registration and maintains a voter registration portal on its website.

“Environmental justice” is the combination of left-of-center views about climate and energy with social justice ideology. The concept has become a major plank of the EPA’s grantmaking, enforcement and regulatory agendas throughout President Joe Biden’s first term.

However, both the NYIC and the NJAIJ do not seem to focus much on environmental causes, instead promoting civic engagement for recent immigrants, typically a Democrat-leaning voting bloc. Nevertheless, the two groups will partner with Fordham University to dish out taxpayer cash to smaller, local groups pursuing “environmental justice.”

“It seems as though the Biden administration may be using the EPA as a slush fund for NGOs pushing its agenda. Even more disturbing, some of these organizations have a considerable presence registering and turning out voters in regions that heavily support the President and his party, and they partner with groups that endorse and support candidates for partisan political offices,” Michael Chamberlain, the executive director of Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog organization, told the DCNF. “Money is fungible, so even if these funds aren’t used directly for those purposes, this frees up plenty of ‘walking around money’ for partisan activists.”

“The EPA also seems to have structured these programs to shovel money out the door very quickly and in a way that the eventual recipients are at least one step removed from the agency, making it more difficult from a monitoring standpoint and for a future administration with different policy goals to cut off the spigot,” Chamberlain added.

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