A continued push for a special session on migrant crisis
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- This week some New York state lawmakers continue to push Gov. Kathy Hochul to call them back to Albany for a special legislative session addressing the migrant crisis.
Some Republican lawmakers said they continue to worry about asylum seekers potentially coming to upstate communities.
“New York City is a sanctuary city, a self-proclaimed sanctuary city proud to be a sanctuary city, Elmira, Corning, Hornell, is not a sanctuary city. They do not have the structure, the support, the infrastructure to accept and influx of migrants and what comes along with that,” said Assembly Member Phil Palmesano (R-Corning).
Gov. Hochul said she is entertaining all options that could include a special session. The Governor said she had another conversation with legislative leaders about this issue earlier this week.
“We talked about if there were to be a session, what would be involved. We’re trying to game out what is the objective of that,” she said.
The Governor said she can call lawmakers back to Albany anytime, but there has to be an objective.
Gov. Hochul also said at top of mind, is continuing to push Washington for work authorizations and temporary protective status to Venezuelans, who she said at one point were about 50 percent of the migrant population.
“They are fleeing Venezuela because their economy collapsed. Their once thriving country based on an oil economy which has now been brought to its knees. They have political chaos, they have leadership, political leadership that is persecuting people—they have reasons they’re leaving Venezuela,” she said.
The Governor said she continues to have conversations with the White House on this issue everyday.