New York Governor Comments On Border During Interview

New York Governor Kathy Hochul faced criticism from New Yorkers as she expressed frustration over the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border. The Democratic governor placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of Republicans, claiming they are responsible for the crisis.

In an interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, Hochul stated, “I’m going to work to make sure that we have the right people [in Congress]. And also even before next November’s election when I believe we will pick up the House, the Republicans in the state of New York, and there are ten of them, they have the power to caucus together, march down to Speaker Johnson’s office and say, ‘we demand that you do something about the border, bring it to the floor and we will support it’.”

Hochul’s comments come as her net favorability rating has dropped by eight points, which could be attributed to her handling of the border crisis. New Yorkers are feeling the effects of the surge in illegal immigrants, with the city’s resources being stretched thin.

The governor’s blame game tactic is nothing new, with Democrats often pointing fingers at Republicans for any issues that arise.

However, the statement that caught the most attention was when Hochul claimed, “Use the power that has been given to you, because we are being so affected,” she continued. “We have 175,000 migrants who came here — they came here for a better life, they came here for a job, but our city and its resources are absolutely overwhelmed.”

“We need a break. I’m working to get people jobs. They’re here. I’m going to make them work and get them jobs. But until then, we need some relief at the border, and those Republicans, even in one state like New York, ten of them can make this happen. And if they don’t, this will be a wedge issue, a forceful issue against them this November as well. So I’m putting them on notice, you broke it, you now own it,” she continued.

This statement appears to downplay the severity of the situation at the border and fails to acknowledge the dangers that come with illegal immigration. It also raises questions about the governor’s stance on enforcing immigration laws.

Hochul’s solution of giving jobs to illegal immigrants only adds fuel to the fire, as it could incentivize more illegal crossings. When questioned about this, the governor fell back on the tired argument of “bipartisan solutions.” She also added that Republicans now “own” the border issue heading into the November election.

This rhetoric is nothing but a distraction from the real issue at hand – a broken immigration system that needs to be fixed. The fact that Hochul is willing to play political games rather than address the crisis at hand speaks volumes about her priorities.