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New Jersey’s Dem governor says his state won’t take migrants from NYC

 September 3, 2023

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has declined a request to house migrants from New York City in his state.

Murphy said his state will not be able to accommodate any migrants coming from the Big Apple as the Biden administration explores new locations to house them, including in the Garden State, as Fox News reported.

Federal sites for migrant housing

Speaking to a media outlet, Murphy said:

I don't see any scenario where we're going to be able to take in a program in Atlantic City or, frankly, elsewhere in the state.

The comments were in response to a report that suggested Atlantic City International Airport as one of 11 federally owned locations that could be used by New York City to relocate some migrants overwhelming the "sanctuary" city.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that they had made recommendations for potential sites to house migrants.

An assessment team of experts, sent by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, evaluated the operations in New York City.

Bloomberg News reported that the suggested locations include the Atlantic City airport and Massena International Airport, a U.S. port of entry for the U.S.-Canada border.

However, Murphy dismissed the idea, saying:

We are already seeing folks in New Jersey that have probably swelled into Jersey from New York City or from other locations, but you need scale, enormous amount of federal support — resources that go beyond anything that we can afford — putting everything else aside

Political challenges

Murphy's statement highlights the political challenges faced by the Biden administration in resettling migrants.

Millions have entered the U.S. since the crisis began in 2021, leading to criticism from Democrats typically allied with the administration.

They see a lack of action to address what they believe is a federal problem.

Leaders in New York and other Democratic-run states have called for greater work authorization for migrants, federal emergency declarations, and more federal funding.

Meanwhile, the DHS expert team recommended increasing information collection at intake centers, improving communication, focusing on case management, and providing more information on work authorization and asylum applications.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams said, "We’re happy they really engage in these conversations" but suggested that the recommendations did not address the root of the issue. He further said:

So, each time we open a new space, that's not an answer. It's not sustainable. If you average 10,000 people a month and if the national plan is to have New York City continue to find spaces, that is not an answer. And if the national plan is that slowly see if New York move more on the waiting list to get work authorization, that's not an answer.

DHS campaign

DHS also announced a national campaign to help work-eligible migrants get employment authorization.

However, this move was met with resistance by Mayor Adams, who believes it does not address the core problem.

He suggested that merely opening new spaces is not sustainable and does not offer a solution to the growing numbers.

The overwhelming influx of migrants has led to an urgent call for federal action, including funding, emergency declarations, and expedited work authorizations.

Over 100,000 migrants have been encountered in New York City since last year, and officials are calling for more support.

Conclusion

  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has stated that his state cannot take any migrants from New York City.
  • The DHS had suggested 11 federal sites across New York and nearby states as potential locations for housing migrants, including the Atlantic City airport.
  • Leaders in New York and other Democratic-run states have called for greater work authorization for migrants, federal emergency declarations, and more federal funding.
  • DHS is launching a national campaign to help work-eligible migrants get employment authorization, a move met with skepticism by NYC Mayor Eric Adams.