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Life comes at you fast. Hochul now tells migrants not to come to New York.


Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has taken a strong stance on immigration, urging migrants to consider alternative destinations and discouraging them from coming to the state due to limited capacity. Hochul made these remarks during a CNN appearance, highlighting the need for migrants to apply for asylum before departing their home countries or seek shelter in other states upon arrival.


In addition, she expressed support for updating or suspending New York City's right to shelter law, emphasizing that the city should not bear the responsibility of housing the entire world. These statements mark a shift in Hochul's previous support for New York's sanctuary status and its history of accepting asylum seekers. New York City has seen a significant influx of over 116,000 asylum seekers in the past year, coinciding with the expiration of the Title 42 policy that required migrants to remain in Mexico while seeking asylum.


Hochul's comments align with those made by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has also focused on dissuading new arrivals from settling in the city. Critics argue that these policies contribute to illegal immigration. New York Republicans have consistently called for rescinding the state's sanctuary designation and the city's right to shelter law, asserting that these measures attract more migrants.


To address these concerns and ensure the city's wellbeing, Adams has criticized the Biden administration for inadequate border security and urged the federal government to provide greater funding and resources to New York City. A group of state GOP lawmakers wrote to Hochul earlier this month, expressing their concerns about New York City's decision to become a sanctuary city.


They believed that this choice extended an open invitation to every migrant who arrives in the country, prioritizing virtue signaling over effective government policy. As a result, these lawmakers argued that the consequences of this decision should be borne by the city's leaders.


In an effort to challenge the city's actions, several Republican congressional lawmakers filed a lawsuit last week, aiming to prevent New York City from utilizing federally owned sites, such as Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, to provide temporary housing for migrants.


Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., along with other GOP lawmakers, has additionally urged Democrats in the U.S. Senate to pass a border security bill that was previously approved by the House earlier this year.

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