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Gov. Hochul Seeks Federal Resources for Asylum Seekers


Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday issued a letter to President Biden, urging him to direct additional federal resources to the State of New York as it faces unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers set to arrive as Title 42 expires. Building on ongoing conversations with federal, state, and local leaders, earlier today, Governor Hochul convened meetings with New York’s bipartisan Congressional delegation, the New York Association of Counties, and the New York Conference of Mayors to provide updates on the State’s efforts to support asylum seekers and further aid needed to address this situation.

“New Yorkers are working together to welcome asylum seekers and provide the necessary shelter and resources for these individuals who are simply coming to our state looking for a better life,” Governor Hochul said. “For months, I have been urging our federal leaders to provide needed flexibility and additional support for New York as we handle unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers arriving in our state. I will continue working hand-in-hand with leaders from all levels of government to coordinate our statewide response and secure the resources we need to support these new arrivals.”

Earlier this week, Governor Hochul issued an Executive Order that is providing the State with greater flexibility to procure the resources necessary for municipalities to support asylum seekers and allowing the State to increase the National Guard mobilization to 1,500 service members.

The full text of Governor Hochul’s letter to the President is below:

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