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New York Republicans criticize Gov. Hochul’s response to migrant influx

New York Republicans are seizing the opportunity to criticize Governor Kathy Hochul’s handling of the state’s migrant situation, spotlighting a recent altercation outside a migrant shelter. GOP leaders, including Senator Minority Leader Robert Ortt, accuse Hochul of not utilizing her authority to address the issue effectively, particularly in light of clashes involving migrants and NYPD officers. Ortt urged Hochul to take decisive action against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his office’s handling of the suspects, arguing for stronger enforcement of laws and potential removal of Bragg to mitigate the crisis.

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Governor Hochul countered the criticism by urging New York’s Republican congressional representatives to support President Joe Biden’s border bill, which aims to tighten asylum requirements and bolster Homeland Security, potentially bringing more federal aid to New York. She attributed the ongoing challenges to congressional inaction, particularly from House Republicans, accusing them of perpetuating chaos for political gain.

The debate over New York’s migrant crisis underscores the tension between state and federal responsibilities, with both parties calling for immediate solutions. As Hochul advocates for national legislative action to address the root causes of migration, Republicans propose more localized measures, including deploying National Guardsmen to the border. The issue promises to be a significant point of contention in upcoming elections, with both sides highlighting the need for urgent, effective policies to manage the influx of migrants into New York.