There has been a significant change in the position that New York Governor Kathy Hochul takes about the migrant issue. Previously, she advocated for migrants to seek for asylum before leaving their countries of origin and said, “If you’re going to leave your country, go somewhere else.” After having previously praised New York’s position as a sanctuary state, Hochul has now made this comment.
Hochul stressed the need of sending a clear message that the state of New York does not have the capability to house any further migrants and indicated that she is in favor of either repealing or revoking the state’s “right to shelter” statute. She made it clear that the purpose of this legislation was originally to address homelessness among people living with AIDS and families, and that it was not intended to establish an infinite commitment to accommodate anybody and everyone.
Recent remarks made by the governor indicate that she is taking a different approach to dealing with the migrant problem than she did in the past. New York Republicans have been pressuring Hochul to remove the state’s classification as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
Officials in New York City have reported that a substantial number of migrants, including those from various countries in Africa and Russia, had arrived at the border in recent days. Hochul recognized the urge to be compassionate to people who are going through humanitarian situations but emphasized that New York is already at its limit.
In the meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams of New York City thanked Vice President Biden for expediting the process of obtaining work permission for Venezuelans. Mayor Adams did not meet with Vice President Biden during his visit to New York City. Those Venezuelans who entered the United States after July 31, 2023, will not be eligible for the temporary protected status that was granted to them for a period of 18 months.
The change in Governor Hochul’s viewpoint is reflective of the complicated issues encountered by state and local officials in tackling the migrant crisis and the pressure it takes on resources and infrastructure. These challenges have been brought to light by the shift in Governor Hochul’s position.