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Lawmakers grapple with migrant crisis funding as budget talks continue

Albany is facing a growing migrant crisis, prompting Governor Hochul to propose a $2.4 billion plan to tackle the issue in the state’s budget. During a budget hearing, New York City Mayor Eric Adams emphasized the urgency of the situation, urging state lawmakers to cover half of the city’s migrant costs, highlighting the federal government’s lack of action on the crisis.


Democratic lawmakers expressed their ongoing support for sharing the financial burden of the migrant crisis in New York City but stressed the necessity for federal assistance. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins underscored the state’s efforts to respond to the crisis while calling for collaboration with federal partners to find sustainable solutions.

Republican legislators, however, are skeptical about the spending plan, advocating for a long-term approach that includes securing the border. They argue that real solutions should involve enforcing existing laws rather than new legislation that might not address the root causes of illegal immigration. The debate continues as Albany seeks a balanced response to the migrant crisis amid budget negotiations.