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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new effort to help connect willing Venezuelan migrants with workplaces that will employ them.
Made at a nonprofit taking part in the initiative Monday, the announcement saw Hochul tout how 18,000 jobs are now available to select migrants recently given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by the Biden Administration – and praise more than 350 other employers who signed up to take part.
Officials two weeks ago moved to grant temporary protected status to tens of thousands of Venezuelans – a decision Hochul, 65, on Monday hailed as brave and distinctly American.
Only pertaining to migrants from Venezuela, the move was designed to authorize them for work more quickly, as cities continue to deal with an influx of newcomers.
The announcement comes hours after Hochul – who refused advances from Eric Adams that would see state suburbs serve as a relief valve for the city – complained the border is ‘too open,’ and that there needs to be more done to limit daily arrivals.
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Made at a nonprofit taking part in the initiative Monday, the announcement saw Gov. Hochul tout how 18,000 jobs are now available to select migrants recently given Temporary Protected Status by the government – and praise more than 350 employers who signed up to take part
The announcement comes hours after Hochul – who refused advances from Eric Adams that would see state suburbs serve as a relief valve for the city – complained the border is too open, and that there needs to be more done to limit daily arrivals, specifically to New York City
In a speech were the politician praised her own work to keep struggling restaurants operating during early pandemic lockdowns – an effort she called ‘innovative’ – she began by stating how ‘for months, [she’s] been saying the key to solving the asylum seeker crisis… is so simple, it’s so crystal-clear.’
Specifying that it ‘is a crisis because of the volume of people’, she aired her so-called solution: ‘They came to work, so let’s put them to work.’
Speaking from one of the ‘nearly 400 employers’ she said signed up for the program – the all female-staffed Hot Bread Kitchen – Hochul went on to herald the boroughs’ history as an immigrant destination, before revealing a portal constructed for the asylum seekers will be up and running by tomorrow.
‘Tomorrow the window opens for people to start applying for TPS, and luckily for me – because I tested it out, the app is simple,’ the Democrat explained to a crowd gathered at the restaurant in Chelsea Market.
‘It’s not cumbersome, it’s easy to do, and we’re going to have hundreds of people trying to identify them.’
She continued by citing a preconceived notion she said was on her and others mind while coming to the decision to connect Venezuelans with potential hirers: ‘”Will the employers be interested in this program?”‘
‘Well, guess what,’ she told audience members of the anticipated event, billed as a much-needed update to the state’s current action on the now 15-month long crisis.
‘We already have nearly 400 employers, who stood up, who said, “Yes. Yes – we will embrace them. We’ll hire them. We’ll give them that shot of the American Dream that they wanted for themselves and their families.”’
Rounding up the number of willing participants to the nearest hundred, she asked aloud: ‘How many jobs does almost 400 employers equate to?’
Barely missing a beat, she triumphantly provided her own answer, stating: ‘18,000 jobs are already available, waiting for people who signed up in the portal.’
The speech was held at Manhattan’s Chelsea Market – where at least one of the roughly 350 participating businesses is set
Speaking from one of the ‘nearly 400 employers’ she said signed up for the program, Hochul went on to herald New Yorks’ history as an immigrant destination, before revealing a portal constructed for the asylum seekers will be up and running by tomorrow
The self-serving seen earlier in the speech, meanwhile, continued: ‘That’s incredible. That can help solve our problems, [or] at least be a start toward reducing the number of people who need shelter in our city.
‘I’m really proud of these individuals who said yes – sort of leaping into the unknown.’
She went on to provide some, sparse specifics about the effort – without revealing names of the participating businesses.
‘Over 50 percent [of the participating businesses] are from New York City – [but] Upstate New York has responded as well,’ Buffalo-born Hochul revealed, before adding: ‘This is not just city-driven.’
She went on the event praise the event’s host in Hot Bread Kitchen – an all female staffed bakery that has a workforce comprised predominantly of immigrants – thanking the nonprofit for ‘stepping up to help their neighbors in their time of need,’
She further specified of the businesses set to take part in what appears to be the state’s first attempt to address the crisis, after multiple failed ones from the city: ‘Twenty-five percent are in hospitality, 21 percent are in health and social services, 10 percent are manufacturing, 5 percent retail and 5 percent construction.
‘So,’ she added, before looking up at the audience, ‘that’s where people can work.’