New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams jointly called on the Biden administration and Washington officials to expedite work authorization and provide immigration protections for migrants. They criticized Republicans for causing chaos and dysfunction by blocking attempts to fix the immigration system. They urged the White House to use executive orders to grant work authorization, allowing migrants to contribute to the tax system and help the state provide better services. Adams also called for the extension of temporary protective status and increased personnel to process asylum claims. Governor Hochul highlighted job opportunities for migrants and emphasized the need to address work authorization policies promptly.
New York City has been experiencing a significant influx of migrants, with over 5,800 arrivals in a week. While grateful for federal funding, Mayor Adams expressed disappointment at the allocation of only $30 million to address the city's migrant surge. Governor Hochul noted that the state legislature approved over $1 billion in funding for housing, legal, and supportive services to assist the influx of asylum seekers.
To read more about New York's immigration problem, please read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Democrat New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams were in lockstep Monday when they called on the Biden administration and Washington officials to expedite work authorization for migrants and provide other immigration protections while blaming Republicans for sowing “chaos and dysfunction.”
“Republicans, as we know, have blocked all attempts at fixing our broken immigration system, intentionally causing chaos and dysfunction,” Adams said at a joint press conference. “We cannot believe all of a sudden that's going to change with the Republican-controlled Congress. If we don't get it done through presidential action, we are going to slow down the progress we need.”