BY Benjamin ClarkOctober 1, 2023
10 months ago
 | October 1, 2023
10 months ago

National Guard deployed to NYC over migrant crisis

Amidst the ongoing asylum seeker crisis, Gov. Kathy Hochul has taken a significant step by deploying an additional 150 members of the New York National Guard.

The recent deployment is in addition to the existing National Guard personnel, bringing the total number to 2,050. These members are actively working with asylum seekers, ensuring they receive the necessary support.

Furthermore, 250 of these National Guard personnel will be dedicated to full-time case management services. This initiative, combined with a $50 million state investment, aims to assist migrants in completing their paperwork, achieving legal work status, and transitioning out of taxpayer-funded shelters.

“It is critical that we help secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants in New York,” Hochul emphasized. She believes in the importance of helping these individuals integrate into society and achieve their American dream.

Expanding support for asylum seekers

Highlighting the state's commitment, Hochul announced the deployment of assets to asylum seeker sites in New York City. This is in addition to the 1,900 National Guard personnel already providing logistical and operational support across the state.

Currently, New York National Guard members are stationed at 51 hotels and two NYC Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers. Their presence is vital in managing the situation and ensuring the well-being of the asylum seekers.

But the state's efforts don't stop there. Hochul has directed resources to assist Venezuelans and other migrants in expediting their legal work status. This is part of New York's “Month of Action”, a collaborative effort with federal and city officials.

White House stance on the issue

Recently, White House officials made an announcement regarding Venezuelans residing in the U.S. Those who have been in the country since or before July 31, 2023, can now apply for Temporary Protected Status, as reported by Hochul's website.

This decision comes after persistent advocacy from Hochul and a coalition of New Yorkers. Their goal is to secure work authorization for asylum seekers, allowing them to live independently and contribute to society.

“We need to ensure individuals can navigate the paperwork necessary to get them established here so they can work and start making their American Dream a reality,” Hochul reiterated.

Efforts to connect employers with migrants

Last month, a significant directive came from Hochul to the New York State Department of Labor. The aim was to bridge the gap between employers and eligible asylum seekers on the verge of receiving work authorizations.

More than 70 state personnel from 16 different agencies have been mobilized to support this initiative. Additionally, a new portal has been launched for businesses willing to hire these newly-authorized individuals.

Officials from the New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor are set to meet soon. Their agenda will focus on potential partnerships and growth opportunities.

Work authorization: A solution to the crisis

For Hochul, work authorization is the key to resolving the crisis. She has been vocal about this issue, even discussing it with senior White House officials a few weeks ago.

Throughout this crisis, the governor has shown unwavering support for New York City. This includes a commitment of over $1.7 billion in State funding, deploying over 2,000 National Guard members, and utilizing State-owned land for humanitarian efforts.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray commented on the state's efforts. She said, “Governor Hochul has been focused on finding ways to help migrants and asylum seekers in NYC’s shelters leave shelter by resourcing and advocating for pathways to work authorization and legal services.”

Comments from the National Guard

Major General Ray Shields expressed his views on the situation. He said, "The members of the New York National Guard and our State Defense Forces look forward to playing a role in the efforts to help asylum seekers link with services they need to be successful and find opportunities and jobs they need to be self-sufficient."

  • 150 additional National Guard members deployed in NYC.
  • State investment of $50 million to aid asylum seekers.
  • Efforts to expedite legal work status for migrants.
  • White House announces Temporary Protected Status for certain Venezuelans.
  • New portal launched to connect employers with eligible asylum seekers.
  • Work authorization identified as the key to resolving the crisis.

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Written by: Benjamin Clark



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