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Hochul wants Biden to change policy so migrants can get jobs

May 22, 2023 12:57 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Gov. Kathy Hochul wants the federal government to expedite the process for tens of thousands of migrants living in New York to get jobs, and denounced the "bigoted policies" of upstate counties attempting to block migrants from staying in their counties. Greene, Dutchess, and Rensselaer counties are among the counties, made up of migrants and the descendants of migrants, where officials have said recently that they do not want any more migrants. Hochul is aksing President Joe Biden's administration to reduce the 180-day waiting period for migrants with asylum seeker status to get a job. Hochul cited a worker shortage throughout the state and said of the migrants, "They're ready to work, they're willing to work and they're not able to work." New York's labor force participation has been below pre-pandemic levels at around 60 percent over the last several months. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.