Governor Kathy Hochul has appealed for additional federal aid to manage the increasing number of migrants and asylum seekers entering New York over recent weeks.
The Governor disclosed her requests for the Biden administration’s help, including resources and housing support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a press briefing on Friday.
In addition, she’s pushing for a hastened process for asylum seekers to acquire work permits while residing in the U.S., with a focus on obtaining temporary protective status for them.
Thousands of migrants have poured into New York after a pandemic-era immigration order lapsed in May. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has taken steps to relocate some of these migrants to upstate communities, mainly housing them in hotels.
Hochul maintained that the costs associated with housing migrants would be covered by New York City, not county governments. Potential housing sites under consideration include Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and State University of New York campuses.
However, a final decision on alternative accommodation sites outside of hotels and motels has not been reached. Currently, approximately 300 people are being accommodated outside of New York City.
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