Gov. Kathy Hochul said in an interview that she wants the federal government to stem the invasion of illegal immigrants at the southern border.
Hochul said in the interview with Bloomberg News she has previously “raised this with the White House” as the Big Apple continues to be flooded with migrants from the southern border.
“We have been working almost hourly with the city of New York since the migrants started arriving. And it’s something that we’re working first of all to say human beings should not used as political pawns. Once they come here, they need a place to stay, a transitional time, usually upwards of a week in order to get their feet on the ground and to find a place to live,” Hochul said. “This is just a temporary situation but absolutely, we’re working with the federal government as well, I’ve raised this with the White House and this calls for a federal solution.”
“Let’s look at federal facilities, federal staff to help supplement the city and the state,” she continued, noting she does not want the problem getting “out of control,” she told the interviewer.
Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams also expressed grievance over the issue and lack of solutions at a press briefing on Monday.
“The far right is doing the wrong thing. The far left is doing nothing. I mean the silence – I don’t believe the silence that I’m hearing,” Adams said Monday. “These are people in need of services, and I am not hearing from the two ends of the spectrum. Far right is doing what’s wrong. Far left is doing nothing at all. It is time for us to address this in a unified way and that’s what we are doing, this administration is doing, and we should not be doing it alone.”
The city has received more than 11,000 illegal migrants since May, overwhelming the its shelter system to the point that it is building tent cities and looking to have a cruise ship dock in Staten Island to house the migrants.