Hochul deploys more National Guard members to help with migrant crisis

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Gov. Kathy Hochul has deployed 150 more National Guard members to assist with the migrant crisis.

This brings the total number of Guard personnel processing migrants to 2,050.

Of those, 250 will be assigned to full-time case management services.

The state has provided $50 million in funding to help asylum-seekers and migrants file the appropriate paperwork to attain legal work status and leave taxpayer-funded shelters, according to a news release.

A total of 1,900 National Guard personnel are currently providing logistical and operational support to asylum seekers statewide. New York National Guard personnel are currently staffing 51 hotels and two New York City Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers.

 “It is critical that we help secure work authorization for asylum seekers and migrants in New York,” Hochul said in a news release. “We need to ensure individuals can navigate the paperwork necessary to get them established here so they can work and start making their American Dream a reality. Our National Guard members play a huge role in assisting in the process and we are grateful for their service.”