New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the deployment of an additional 150 National Guard members to assist with the ongoing migrant crisis in the state. These National Guard members will help with case management for asylum seekers, particularly Venezuelans who now qualify for temporary protected status. The total number of National Guard members supporting the mission is now 2,200, with 250 of them focusing solely on case management to assist Venezuelans in applying for Temporary Protected Status and work authorization.
Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of providing work authorization to migrants as it allows them to support themselves, leave shelters, and pursue the American Dream. She also acknowledged the need to assist migrants in finding their way to other states if they wish to do so. The governor has allocated over $50 million to support case management throughout the state.
New York City has seen an influx of over 116,000 migrants from the southern border since last year, putting a strain on resources and prompting calls for federal support. Mayor Eric Adams expressed concerns that the migrant crisis could have a detrimental impact on the city. Hochul’s announcement comes after President Biden’s administration extended work authorization and deportation delays for approximately 470,000 Venezuelans already in the U.S., but the temporary protected status does not apply to those who arrived after July 31, 2023.
The situation in New York City highlights the broader challenges associated with immigration and the need for coordinated efforts to address the needs of asylum seekers and migrants.
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