During a Sunday appearance on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation,’ Hochul said she feels the country’s border is currently too much of a free-for-all.
A record 260,000 migrants flooded across the border last month alone, causing chaos not only in border states that are ill-equipped to stomach such massive population influxes but in sanctuary states like New York.
‘We want [Congress] to have a limit on who can come across the border,’ said Hochul.
‘People coming from all over the world are finding their way through, simply saying they need asylum, and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York, and that is a real problem for New York City,’ she added, echoing what Mayor Eric Adams has been saying for months.
‘It’s in our DNA to welcome immigrants. But there has to be some limits in place.’
A family of illegal migrants is pictured crossing the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass, Texas on September 30
A recent surge of migrants flowing into Eagle Pass, a city of 28,5000, has overwhelmed the city and forced leadership to declare a state of emergency
‘Congress has to put more controls at the border,’ she said, noting that some lawmakers have called for a reduction in the number of Border Patrol officers stationed down south.
‘Talk about eliminating positions for Border Patrol, well, we actually need to double or quadruple those numbers,’ she said.
Within the last 18-months, more than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City.
Officials have been scrambling to house and provide basic accommodations for the massive number, and the attention of the city’s government has been diverted, often at the expense of the legal population of the Big Apple.
As a result of the overwhelming wave of migrants, Hochul has lobbied in Albany for state funds to help shelter and feed the incoming migrants. One such expense is a massive tent that was installed on Randall’s Island in Manhattan over the summer.
Hochul has pushed back against New York City’s ‘right to shelter’ mandate, which is a legal agreement the city willingly entered into that guarantees New Yorkers the right to housing, a rule from which asylum seekers have been benefitting.
‘The original premise behind the right to shelter was, for starters, for homeless men on the streets, people experiencing AIDS, that was [then] extended to families,’ said Hochul in September.
‘But never was it envisioned being an unlimited universal right, or obligation on the city, to house literally the entire world.’
Adams says the cost of housing and feeding the migrants will amount to some $12billion in the next three years, putting crucial city services that residents depend upon in jeopardy.
So-called asylum seekers have been flooding into the United States for months, overwhelming border communities as well as the major metropolitan areas where they are usually taken
A leaked memo said that all Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass are assigned to processing at various migrant centers – meaning none are actually patrolling the border
A man and child from Venezuela wait to be processed by US agents after crossing the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass
Thousands of migrants have waited this week to be processed by US Border Patrol agents on the banks of the Rio Grande
A young girl hugs someone as she makes it across the Rio Grande onto US territory in Eagle Pass, Texas
A small child inspects the cut razor wire on the US-side of the Rio Grande
A young boy is apparently scrubbed after crossing the Rio Grande
In the last several days, thousands of migrants have streamed into Eagle Pass
Hoards of border crossers stand around waiting to be processed by US Border Patrol agents
A trio of migrants struggle to make it through the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico to Eagle Pass
In August, Hochul targeted President Biden, saying his failed leadership on the issue of the border is creating the problems now facing her state.
On Sunday, Hochul pushed some of the blame onto Congressional Republicans, who she claims are not willing to work with Biden on the crisis.
The situation is escalating and week-after-week new shocking images of migrants crossing into the US are captured.
In the last several days, the Texas border town of Eagle Pass, which has a population of just 28,500, has been inundated with up to 8,000 crossers a day.
Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinos declared a state of emergency over the crisis, but a document allegedly leaked by a Border Agent appears to show that the unprecedented number of arrivals is now making it impossible for them to effectively guard the crossing.
The report was shared by DC Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli on X, who claimed that ‘all Border Patrol agents have pulled to other duties (mainly processing migrants) so not a single agent will be in the field.’
Giaritelli added that the agent who shared the document is ‘pretty pi**** off about this’, a sentiment echoed by Elon Musk as he revealed he would be travelling to Eagle pass to help grapple with the ‘serious issue.’
According to the leaked document, which has not been independently verified by DailyMail.com, all Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass are assigned to processing at various migrant centers.
The memo adds that there should be nothing ‘indicating any type of field deployment/enforcement’ at the border.
Migrants who have made it to shore cross through the cut barbed wire to the processing line
A man and woman struggle to stay above water as they carry two children across the Rio Grande
Eagle Pass has been experiencing a significant influx of Venezuelan migrants, who have fled their dysfunctional, impoverished country
The barbed wire was initially installed by the Texas National Guard, it is now being dismantled to let in thousands of migrants
Dramatic photos show the moment migrants cross the Rio Grande river from Piedras Negras, Mexico into Eagle Pass, Texas
Migrants wade through the waters of the Rio Grande to cross into the US, where they will be met with no opposition, processed, and sent to a new US city
Migrants wait on the US-side banks of the Rio Grande to be processed after moving past feet of barbed wire. The wire, initially installed by Texas National Guardsmen, has mostly been cut away by Border Patrol agents
Harrowing images from the porous border show droves of migrants traversing difficult terrain and wading through the Rio Grande river.
Families are seen clinging to each other, with some struggling to carry soaking wet bags of belongings across the water.
Officers are seen helping people through the terrain, including lifting small children exhausted by the journey to safety, while many migrants are pictured lining up for processing.
Salinas’ declaration of a state of emergency came as it was tallied that some 100,000 people waded through the Rio Grande and into the town last week, and he slammed President Biden this week for ‘abandoning’ his community.
As officials scramble for solutions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has led the movement to bus migrants to northern blue states so that they may share the burden of ineffective border policies.