20 million extra dollars in state funding is going to New York City to help address its migrant crisis.
Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement that the funding will go to help over 30,000 asylum seekers get their work authorization and allow them to more quickly exit shelters and live independently.
The funding comes in addition to the $ 10 million already allocated in the state budget to help the city offer legal services to migrants. All together, the New York State has committed over $1.5 billion to address the influx of migrants coming to the Big Apple.
“The path out of this crisis is work authorization,” Governor Hochul said. “New York has always welcomed immigrants and new arrivals — and getting asylum seekers on track to work authorization will help them become self-sufficient and come out of the shadows. New York State has provided significant humanitarian aid for more than a year, and we’re committed to continuing to support the City in managing this ongoing crisis.”
Over 1,800 members of the National Guard have also been deployed for logistical support at city-run shelters.