Hochul Unveils 18k Statewide Jobs Available To Migrants

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY), made a significant announcement on Monday, revealing the state has identified around 18,000 job openings. These positions span more than 350 employers across various industries in New York. What sets these job opportunities apart is their willingness to hire immigrants who are eligible to legally work in the United States.

In a news release, Hochul emphasized the importance of putting migrants and asylum seekers to work. She acknowledged the dual challenges currently facing the nation  —  a migrant crisis and a workforce crisis. 

Hochul’s vision is to address both issues simultaneously by connecting work-eligible individuals with jobs and opportunities in New York, ultimately securing a brighter future for all New Yorkers. She then acknowledged New York’s history of welcoming immigrants while stressing the need for limitations to address the ongoing challenges.

New York City has been at the forefront of dealing with the migrant crisis. Tens of thousands of migrants arrived in the city under Democratic leadership earlier this year, which has taken its toll on the Big Apple. The financial burden has currently exceeded $1.2 billion and has a projected cost of up to $5 billion by the end of the fiscal year. 

Hochul emphasized the need to manage the fact that a significant portion of the population, up until recently, was not eligible to work and relied on public support for housing. She called on businesses to step up and participate in providing job opportunities.

The governor directed the New York State Department of Labor officials to facilitate connections between employers and immigrants who have gained legal work status. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently expanded Temporary Protected Status, opening up opportunities for more Venezuelan migrants to obtain work permits. 

New York City estimates that more than 15,000 Venezuelans could attain legal work status within 30 days due to this expansion. Hochul expressed hope that Washington and Congress would further broaden work authorizations and the need for more comprehensive controls at the southern border. 

 Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), criticized Hochul’s move, claiming it incentivizes illegal immigration. Stefanik argued that while New Yorkers demand border security, Hochul’s policies exacerbate the crisis. She called for the passage of the Secure the Border Act as a solution to address border security comprehensively.