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Hochul supports Biden’s potential executive action on immigration

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Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has expressed her support for President Joe Biden’s consideration of executive action on immigration, amidst frustration with congressional inaction. Speaking from the White House, Hochul criticized congressional Republicans for failing to pass a bipartisan border deal, describing their inaction as a “dereliction of duty.” The governor’s comments come as New York grapples with a surge in migrants, which has put a strain on city and state resources.

During her visit to the White House for the annual governors’ conference, Hochul discussed the migrant surge with Biden’s Chief of Staff, Jeffrey Zients, and other officials. President Biden, addressing governors, highlighted the failed border deal as a humane and secure reform effort, urging Congress to find a resolution. Hochul praised Biden’s leadership and willingness to pursue executive measures, albeit acknowledging the legal challenges such actions might encounter.

The debate over immigration policy has heated discussions on both sides of the aisle. New York Republicans, including Rep. Mike Lawler, have criticized Hochul’s management of the migrant situation and her engagement with Republican lawmakers. Meanwhile, progressive voices like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have warned against restrictive measures on asylum seekers. As discussions continue, Hochul affirms her support for President Biden’s efforts to address immigration through executive action, amidst broader concerns about national leadership and policy direction.