Activist state

Immigration advocates call on federal, state and city agencies to increase assistance for migrants bused in from Texas

NEW YORK — Immigration activists gathered outside City Hall on Friday, calling for more support for the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum in New York.

The New York Immigration Coalition, its allies and local leaders demanded more help for those getting off Texas buses at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

“We are reaching out to our federal government, as well as the state and city, to do things differently and be coordinated,” New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Murad Awawdeh said at the rally. .

Advocates said they understood the difficulty of providing for such large numbers, but stressed the importance of basics, such as food, shelter and clothing.

“There are families – parents and children, babies. So they need diapers, formula, clothes, housing of course,” said Lorena Kourousias, executive director of Mixteca.


One-on-one with Governor Kathy Hochul, a year after taking office

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In a interview with CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer On Thursday, Governor Kathy Hochul said that with resources already stretched, she was working on several solutions.

“We actually found another pot of money that we think can be deployed to help the situation when they arrive,” Hochul told Kramer. “There is federal money, that’s another source of money that I identified.”

The governor said she is also working to make the labor process easier for arriving migrants, which activists say could be life-changing.

“I asked that there be some kind of executive action that allows people who come here to at least have the opportunity to get a temporary work permit,” she said.

“It’s super important to get the job, because it will be the way for these migrants to support themselves,” Kourousias added.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent migrants to New York and other cities to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies, and officials expect he will continue to send buses until november.