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Molinaro, Ryan comment on migrant arrivals

May 12, 2023 1:03 am

New York State of Politics reports that the first of a potential wave of migrants arrived in the Hudson Valley on May 11, after waves of migrants arrived in North America for the past several centuries. This time, though, they are being shipped around as political pawns from the southern border of the United States, to New York City, and then to the Hudson Valley. About 300 migrants are being bussed to the Hudson Valley so far. Republican Rep. Marc Molinaro says the area is not ready for them. Molinaro, the 19th Congressional District representative said, “The concern is a lack of coordination. A lack of transparency. A lack of infrastructure and support that exists in upstate counties.” And while the Republican governors of Texas and Florida have been shipping the migrants around the country as political pawns, now the Democrat mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, is moving them to the Hudson Valley. Molinaro said that Adams has no authority to override state and local regulations and to “impose” on counties the responsibility of caring for migrants. “It’s not humane or compassionate,” he said. “It just isn’t.... The right approach is for the city and the state to confront that challenge in the city.” On May 12, pandemic-related asylum restrictions known as Title 42 expired, with many migrants at the southern border of the United States waiting to enter the country, so there could be many more arrivals in the Hudson Valley in the weeks to come. Both Molinaro and Pat Ryan, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District, said the federal government should declare a state of emergency in New York because of the migrant arrivals. Ryan said, “From New York City, where they have more than 60,000 asylum seekers, to the Hudson Valley communities who were given no notice and no assistance to house asylum seekers, to the migrants themselves, simply here in search of a better life, this process has been a mess. The federal government must step in and declare a state of emergency for New York.... This declaration would allow the federal government to identify, mobilize and provide the resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the migrant surge in New York. We will continue to work in close contact with our partners in local and state government to address the situation.” Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.