As worry continues to grow over the increasing number of migrants in New York City, a bipartisan group of city council members known as the Common Sense Caucus is voicing concerns over the acceleration of work visa processes.
The group believes this move might inadvertently pave the way for even more migrants.
“Allowing migrants to ‘cut the line’ will further incentivize more to come and exacerbate this already unmanageable crisis,” cautioned the caucus in a Sunday, September 3rd, statement.
They stress the importance of every migrant following the proper channels and procedures to ensure fairness and respect for the legal pathways to American residency.
The group stated, “While we recognize the pressing issue of labor shortages, we emphasize that upholding established immigration procedures is essential to preserve the principles of fairness and respect for those who have chosen the legal path to call America their home.”
The Common Sense Caucus, which issued the statement, is composed of six Republican and two Democratic local political figures.
Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams strongly advocates for more robust action from the federal government. Last week, he said, “We must expedite work visas. It’s just common sense,” when urging for swift work authorizations for the nearly 60,000 migrants currently in the city’s care during a rally in Lower Manhattan.
Mayor Adams added, “We’re calling on our national leaders to not do this to New York. New York City deserves better.”
Since spring 2022, New York City has witnessed the arrival of over 110,000 asylum-seeking migrants, an influx that has heavily burdened city services, with projected costs soaring to an estimated $12 billion by 2025.
The Adams administration consistently highlights that enabling asylum-seeking migrants to legally support their families is crucial for navigating this crisis.
Governor Kathy Hochul aligns with Mayor Adams in urging federal action. On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Hochul met with White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients. The meeting emphasized the necessity of federal approval for migrant work, but the Biden administration pointed out that the decision primarily rests with Congress.
Similarly, leading business figures from New York City have also called on President Biden to address the escalating migrant situation by expediting work permits for the numerous asylum-seeking migrants arriving.
In a letter addressed to the president and Congressional members, over 100 prominent NYC executives, including JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and Macy’s chairman Jeff Gennette, pressed Biden to manage the U.S. border situation effectively and extend financial support to cities like New York that are greatly impacted by this national issue.
The letter reads, “There is a compelling need for expedited processing of asylum applications and work permits for those who meet federal eligibility standards. There are labor shortages in many U.S. industries, where employers are prepared to offer training and jobs to individuals who are authorized to work in the United States,” the letter highlighted.