As the Biden administration allows hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to cross the border into southern states each month, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul declared the Empire State is “at capacity” due to the influx of 110,000 migrants since the spring of 2022.
“We are truly out of space,” Hochul warned immigrants planning to make their way to New York. Many have charged that illegal immigration has been urged on by President Biden, including his administration’s recent plan to clear the way for Venezuelan migrants to obtain work permits, according to the New York Post.
Hochul told NY1 she was grateful for Biden’s support to allow Venezuelan immigrants temporary protected status and to fast-track work permits as this will allow immigrants to find work, exit shelters sooner and move away from reliance on government subsidies.
The move by the Biden administration was condemned in an article in the National Review.
According to state data, approximately 41% of recent migrants to New York City have come from Venezuela.
However, Hochul noted that at this time, New York could not process more immigrants. The sanctuary state governor warned immigrants not to cross the state line and enter New York, saying, “We have to let people know that if you’re thinking of coming to New York, we are truly out of space.”https://twitter.com/ZaidJilani/status/1704859525327491381
Speaking specifically of New York City, Hochul said: “The mayor has done an extraordinary job managing this crisis situation. We have been partners in helping him, but there must be other cities that do not have upwards of 125,000 people, over 60,000 in shelters, that can handle the volume easier in other states.”
The governor assured that her office is committed to working with New York City Mayor Eric Adams “to ensure these people are connected to jobs as soon as they’re able to work.”
“We have to have more workers, and this is going to be a very, very positive development for our state’s economy, for these individuals and our desire to start not opening more shelters, but starting to shut down shelters,” she added.
Following the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement regarding immigrants from Venezuela, Hochul opened the door for state resources and personnel to assist eligible migrants. Hochul pledged to assist immigrants with work authorization permits and connect immigrants with potential employers.
More than 70 staffers from 16 different state agencies will support the new initiative. In addition, 50 DHS employees are assisting with processing migrants’ work authorization applications.
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