In migrant crisis, New York governor sees workforce solution

Hochul called it “a great opportunity” to help the migrants and fill open jobs.
Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) calls for expedited work authorization for asylum seekers during an event in New York, N.Y., on May 22, 2023. (Photo by Don Pollard/Courtesy of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) says the tens of thousands of migrants making their way to her state can help solve a workforce crisis that has hobbled businesses across the state, as thousands of jobs from New York City to upstate farms sit vacant.

In remarks Monday alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), Hochul urged the Biden administration to speed the process by which undocumented immigrants can earn the right to obtain employment in the U.S., while they wait for asylum claims to be processed.

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