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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new effort to help connect willing Venezuelan migrants with workplaces that will employ them.
Made at a nonprofit taking part in the initiative Monday, the announcement saw Hochul tout how 18,000 jobs are now available to select migrants recently given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the Biden Administration – and praise more than 350 other employers who signed up to take part.
Officials two weeks ago moved to grant temporary protected status to tens of thousands of Venezuelans – a decision Hochul, 65, on Monday hailed as brave and distinctly American.
Only pertaining to migrants from Venezuela, the move was designed to authorize them for work more quickly, as cities continue to deal with an influx of newcomers.
The announcement comes hours after Hochul – who refused advances from Eric Adams that would see state suburbs serve as a relief valve for the city – complained the border is ‘too open,’ and that there needs to be more done to limit daily arrivals.
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Made at a nonprofit taking part in the initiative Monday, the announcement saw Gov. Hochul tout how 18,000 jobs are now available to select migrants recently given Temporary Protected Status by the government – and praise more than 350 employers who signed up to take part
The announcement comes hours after Hochul – who refused advances from Eric Adams that would see state suburbs serve as a relief valve for the city – complained the border is too open, and that there needs to be more done to limit daily arrivals, specifically to New York City
In a speech were the politician praised her own work to keep struggling restaurants operating during early pandemic lockdowns – an effort she called ‘innovative’ – she began by stating how ‘for months, [she’s] been saying the key to solving the asylum seeker crisis… is so simple, it’s so crystal-clear.’
Specifying that it ‘is a crisis because of the volume of people’, she aired her so-called solution: ‘They came to work, so let’s put them to work.’
Speaking from one of the ‘nearly 400 employers’ she said signed up for the program – the all female-staffed Hot Bread Kitchen – Hochul went on to herald the boroughs’ history as an immigrant destination, before revealing a portal constructed for the asylum seekers will be up and running by tomorrow.
‘Tomorrow the window opens for people to start applying for TPS, and luckily for me – because I tested it out, the app is simple,’ the Democrat explained to a crowd gathered at the restaurant in Chelsea Market.
‘It’s not cumbersome, it’s easy to do, and we’re going to have hundreds of people trying to identify them.’
She continued by citing a preconceived notion she said was on her and others mind while coming to the decision to connect Venezuelans with potential hirers: ‘”Will the employers be interested in this program?”‘
‘Well, guess what,’ she told audience members of the anticipated event, billed as a much-needed update to the state’s current action on the now 15-month long crisis.
‘We already have nearly 400 employers, who stood up, who said, “Yes. Yes – we will embrace them. We’ll hire them. We’ll give them that shot of the American Dream that they wanted for themselves and their families.”’
Rounding up the number of willing participants to the nearest hundred, she asked aloud: ‘How many jobs does almost 400 employers equate to?’
She triumphantly provided her own answer, stating: ‘18,000 jobs are already available, waiting for people who signed up in the portal.’
The speech was held at Manhattan’s Chelsea Market – where at least one of the roughly 350 participating businesses is set
Speaking from one of the ‘nearly 400 employers’ she said signed up for the program, Hochul went on to herald New Yorks’ history as an immigrant destination, before revealing a portal constructed for the asylum seekers will be up and running by tomorrow
The self-serving seen earlier in the speech, meanwhile, continued: ‘That’s incredible. That can help solve our problems, [or] at least be a start toward reducing the number of people who need shelter in our city.
‘I’m really proud of these individuals who said yes – sort of leaping into the unknown.’
She went on to provide some, sparse specifics about the effort – without revealing names of the participating businesses.
‘Over 50 percent [of the participating businesses] are from New York City – [but] Upstate New York has responded as well,’ Buffalo-born Hochul revealed, before adding: ‘This is not just city-driven.’
She went on the event praise the event’s host in Hot Bread Kitchen – an all female staffed bakery that has a workforce comprised predominantly of immigrants – thanking the nonprofit for ‘stepping up to help their neighbors in their time of need,’
She further specified of the businesses set to take part in what appears to be the state’s first attempt to address the crisis, after multiple failed ones from the city: ‘Twenty-five percent are in hospitality, 21 percent are in health and social services, 10 percent are manufacturing, 5 percent retail and 5 percent construction.
‘So,’ she added, before looking up at the audience, ‘that’s where people can work.’
The Democrat said the jobs will be solely available for Venezuelans given they are the only ones now being granted TPS, due to current conditions in their country, which she went on to describe.
‘Don’t assume these our all low skill individuals,’ she said, in an apparent attempt to quell potential concerns about the arrivals’ ability to do and adapt to the wide range of jobs set to be offered.
The Democrat – who has done little to address the state of her state’s most populous city the past 15 months – said the jobs will be solely available for Venezuelans given they are the only ones now being granted TPS, due to current conditions in their country
She did not add any planned course of action to address the thousands of other immigrants currently sleeping on the city’s streets not of Venezuelan nationality – a sample set believed to be 60 percent of the number of New York arrivals
Moreover, the temporary protected status applies to all Venezuelans who came to the US before July 31 of this year, and extends an earlier TPS already in place for thousands of Venezuelans who arrived before March 2021
Hochul, meanwhile, has done little else to address the state of her state’s most populous city
‘Venezuela was once a very prosperous country,’ she continued. ‘Their economy is based on oil. They sent oil around the world – they used to send to the US until the embargo.
‘But once they had a change in leadership,’ she continued – calling current president Nicolás Madura a ‘dictator’ – ‘crime, gangs took over the streets, political chaos, economic decline, and the loss of oil, their country spiraled, and that’s why people are fleeing.’
She did not add any planned course of action to address the thousands of other immigrants currently sleeping on the city’s streets not of Venezuelan nationality – a sample set believed to be 60 percent of the number of New York arrivals.
Moreover, the temporary protected status applies to all Venezuelans who came to the US before July 31 of this year, and extends an earlier TPS already in place for thousands of Venezuelans who arrived before March 2021.
Hochul, meanwhile, has done little else to address the state of her state’s most populous city.
As for Adams – who months ago touted New York as a sanctuary city and publicly challenged Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to send over arrivals – has said the crisis will cost the city $12billion over three years.
The city is currently paying hotels an average cost of $185 per day per room, and spending about $385 a night per migrant family that needs housing and feeding. According to Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, asylum seekers are costing the city roughly $10 million every day.
New York’s mayor, meanwhile, has warned that the city’s services will be affected by the incredible additional expenses on the budget. He has previously stated the city is planning on cutting services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds.
Adams has recently ramped up pleas to Hochul to issue an emergency order to command counties Upstate and in Long Island to shelter migrants, a demand Hochul – who initially sought to steer clear of the city’s migrant crisis – has repeatedly rebuffed
A record 260,000 migrants flooded across the border last month alone, causing chaos not only in border states that are ill-equipped to stomach such massive population influxes but in sanctuary states like New York.
‘We want [Congress] to have a limit on who can come across the border,’ said Hochul During a Sunday appearance on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ in which the politicians said she feels the country’s border is currently too much of a free-for-all.
‘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,’ she added, echoing what Adams had been saying for months.
‘It’s in our DNA to welcome immigrants. But there has to be some limits in place.’
The comments came as Hochul has faced widespread criticism for failing to intervene on the city’s crisis, and refusing to ship travelers off to nearby communities and counties in Long Island and Upstate.
Many of the areas Hochul does not want migrants sent – Long Island and The Hudson Valley – serve as two regions vital for Democrats’ bid to secure House control in 2024.
Adams, apparently unconcerned by public opinion in those areas, has recently ramped up pleas to Hochul to issue an emergency order to command counties in both areas to shelter migrants, a demand Hochul has repeatedly rebuffed.
The lack of cooperation shows the collision course the two politicians seem to be embarking on ahead of the upcoming election – one that many anticipate will be extremely contentious and be a rematch of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Initially seeking to steer clear of the city’s migrant crisis, Hochul’s recent actions show how city efforts are still failing as arrivals continue.