Immigration advocates are calling on federal, state and city officials to increase aid for migrants arriving on buses from Texas
NEW YORK — Immigration activists rallied outside City Hall on Friday calling for more support for the hundreds of migrants seeking asylum in New York City.
The New York Immigration Coalition, allies and local leaders called for more help for those getting off buses from Texas at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
“We are reaching out to our federal government and to the state and city to do things differently and to be coordinated,” New York Immigration Coalition executive director Murad Awawdeh said at the rally.
Supporters said they understand the difficulty of caring for so many people but stressed the importance of basics like food, shelter and clothing.
“There are families – the parents and the children, babies. So they need diapers, baby food, clothes and of course shelter,” said Lorena Kourousias, Managing Director of Mixteca.
in oneOn Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said resources are already tight and she is working on several solutions.
“We actually found another pot of money that we believe can be used to help the situation when they arrive,” Hochul told Kramer. “There’s some federal money, that’s another source of money that I’ve identified.”
The governor said she is also working to ease the labor process for arriving migrants, which campaigners say could be life-changing.
“I made a motion that there might be some kind of executive measure that would allow people who come here to get at least a temporary work permit,” she said.
“It’s super important to get the job because it will be an opportunity for these migrants to support themselves,” added Kourousias.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending migrants to New York and other cities to protest the Biden administration‘s immigration policies, and officials predict he will continue to send buses through November.