The Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has expressed concerns about the state’s capacity to accommodate more immigrants in light of the Biden administration’s open border policies. Speaking to CNN, she highlighted the state’s limitations, noting, “When people arrive in New York, we can’t offer additional accommodations. We’re at full capacity.”
Her sentiments mirror that of Vice President Kamala Harris, appointed by President Joe Biden to address the issue of migration. Harris had previously advised migrants from Central America, during her visit there, to refrain from attempting the journey, stating, “Don’t come.”
Elaborating on the topic, Hochul mentioned to CNN, “Our resources are stretched, and we need to convey that those considering migration should look to other destinations.”
There has been an ongoing dispute between Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams regarding the housing of undocumented immigrants. While Adams claims the city has exceeded its capacity, Hochul had earlier prevented him from relocating them within the state.
Hochul now advises immigrants to stay in Mexico, reminiscent of a former policy set by President Donald Trump and later reversed by Biden. She suggests, “The wiser approach would be to seek asylum while still in one’s home country.”
In a move to streamline the asylum process, the Department of Homeland Security under the Biden administration has launched the CBP One™ app, enabling prospective migrants to register for asylum before reaching the U.S. border.