President Joe Biden recently announced his administration’s commitment to facilitating job opportunities for illegal immigrants who have flocked to New York City.
A Comprehensive Campaign
Following a meeting with Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the White House released a statement outlining plans for a comprehensive campaign throughout September.
Want to Provide Work
This initiative aims to bridge the gap between noncitizens eligible for work authorization and those who have applied for it.
Information on How to Meet Labor Demands
The campaign will provide information on how to apply for employment authorization to help meet the labor demands in New York.
They Currently Have to Wait Half a Year
Under current regulations, illegal immigrants must wait 150 days to seek a work permit and then an additional 30 days to receive one.
Supporting Undocumented Migrants
This move is part of the administration’s broader effort to offer support and resources to the undocumented population.
Sending $100 Million to New York
The White House intends to send an extra $100 million in aid to New York in the coming weeks.
Prioritizing Integrating Migrants Into Workforce
Robert Law, a former senior official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during the Trump administration, criticized the administration’s approach, asserting that sanctuary jurisdictions prioritize integrating illegal immigrants into the workforce over assisting American citizens in rejoining it.
Mayor Says to Move Migrants
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has proposed sending a portion of the estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants who have arrived in the city to federal sites in upstate New York.
He Wants to Use More Federal Space
While Adams did not specify the exact locations, he expressed his willingness to utilize any available space granted by the federal government, regardless of local or state approval.
Using an Airport for Housing
A letter from the Department of Homeland Security to Mayor Adams suggested using a hangar at JFK International Airport to house 800 people.
Outside Counties Are Resisting
Nevertheless, challenges persist, with 27 counties outside New York City implementing local regulations prohibiting hotels, motels, and similar establishments from entering contracts to accommodate illegal immigrants.
There Are Immense Concerns Over Capacity
Concerns about capacity and security, particularly in upstate New York, have been at the forefront of these bans.
There Is a Lack of Space
Stephen Acquario, the executive director of the state Association of Counties, emphasized the need to address these issues. He pointed out the lack of available space in upstate hotels, which are already serving social services recipients.
What Is Being Considered in the Relocation Process?
Acquario questioned whether adequate information, such as the immigrants’ names, healthcare records, vaccination status, and employment skills, was being considered in the relocation process.
A Lapse in Communication Creates Chaos
He noted that the current situation reflects a breakdown in coordination between the federal government, the state government, New York City, and the 57 counties, resulting in a chaotic system.
Reasons for Growing Concerns
Recent incidents, including accusations of sexual assaults involving illegal immigrants, have intensified concerns.
Security Issues Need to Be Resolved
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called for a pause on the transportation of asylum-seekers to the community until security issues could be resolved, emphasizing that trust and good faith had been compromised.
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