New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who previously touted her state’s “sanctuary” status, has finally acknowledged that the U.S.-Mexico border is “too open” — and is now calling for increased border security amid an illegal immigration crisis in her state.
If New York is already buckling under the load and has run out of room, what will the situation be like a year from now?
The open border policy started under Biden two years ago. That policy was not in place under Obama, and Gov Hochul is Democrat not Republican, so this is not… https://t.co/pEB0rClKRG
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 1, 2023
As New York has received more than 100,000 illegal aliens over the past year, the state is facing significant problems with the influx — with many officials declaring that the shelter system in New York City is overwhelmed.
During a Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Hochul demanded that Congress pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation creating a “limit on who can come across the border.”
“It is too open right now,” the Democrat governor said regarding the southern border. “People coming from all over the world are finding their way through, simply saying they need asylum, and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York and that is a real problem for New York City.”
Hochul went on to explain that her state had recently received 125,000 new illegal aliens. While she touted New York’s “welcoming nature” of allowing in illegal aliens, Hochul finally admitted that the border crisis under President Joe Biden needs to be dealt with.
“We are always so proud of the fact that New York has the Statue of Liberty in our harbor,” the Democrat governor told host Margaret Brennan. “We are one of the most diverse places on earth because of our welcoming nature and it’s in our DNA to welcome immigrants, but there has to be some limits in place.”
Hochul then demanded that Congress “put more controls at the border” and “double or quadruple” the number of Border Patrol agents.
When asked how Congress should address the migrant crisis, New York @GovKathyHochul calls for “a limit on who can come across the border.” Hochul tells @margbrennan many are "simply saying they need asylum and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York." pic.twitter.com/uXAmGXmOQ7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 1, 2023
This is a significant change from her attitude about illegal aliens less than two years ago — as Hochul celebrated New York’s history of taking in illegal aliens and refugees back in December 2021.
“Where people who left religious persecution or left wars, left oppression and left extreme poverty, like my own grandparents, leaving Ireland with nothing, that is what we have always viewed as our responsibility to the rest of the world,” she said during a press conference at the time. “But because of that, we are a far better, more enriched, diverse state. And that’s a huge point of pride for all New Yorkers.”
“As you know, the Statue of Liberty is inscribed. It says, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” Hochul continued. “And that statement [encapsulates] our values.”
“We want people to come here despite where they came from or despite the circumstances that drove them to this country, into this state,” she added. “We see say, you are welcome here. You’re welcome with open arms and we’ll work to keep you safe.”
“We’ll not only house you, but we’ll protect you,” Hochul promised illegal aliens.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has also appeared to change his mind about illegal immigration in recent weeks, as he recently declared that the illegal immigration crisis will “destroy” the city.
“I don’t see an ending to this,” he said at a town hall meeting. “This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City. We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month.”
BREAKING: Mayor Adams basically conceding New York City is done because of illegal immigration and warns New Yorkers illegals will flood ALL neighborhoods. pic.twitter.com/Lj5E3BSvDX
— nycphotog (@nycphotog) September 7, 2023
However, in October 2021, Adams declared on the campaign trail: “We should protect our immigrants. Period. Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration.”
"We should protect our immigrants." Period.
Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) October 20, 2021