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Cornell professor says expediting work docs for migrants coming to NY could help economy

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Onondaga County officials have filed a lawsuit against New York City, Mayor Eric Adams, the NYC Commissioner of Social Services, and Candlewood Suites over the prospective transfer of asylum seekers from New York City.


Additionally, a temporary restraining order has been lodged to halt the immediate relocation of migrants into the county. This action reflects a broader trend, as all Central New York counties have issued emergency orders to thwart an upsurge of migrants into the region, citing insufficient capacity, funding, and resources.

However, Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, is advocating for a more welcoming approach towards migrants.

He supports Governor Kathy Hochul’s plea to the federal government for increased resources and expedited work visas to enable asylum seekers to contribute to the workforce more rapidly. According to Yale-Loehr, the arrival of migrants could be beneficial to upstate New York’s economy, which is currently grappling with a job shortage.