Mayor Eric Adams wants to issue immediate labor papers to some of the nearly 10,000 southern border migrants who have flooded the Big Apple – citing a desperate demand for labour.
“I think it’s imperative that we look at employment. Think about it for a moment. We say to migrants and asylum seekers: ‘You can come into the country but you can’t work for six months.’ What? You can’t work six months,” Adams said during a sit-down interview Tuesday in Washington DC with Jen Judson, president of the National Press Club.
“So six months you have people just sitting idly by and waiting. So who should foot the bill for this? If the federal government says that you can’t work for six months, then the federal government should say six months [are] will compensate you. Because someone has to pay for it,” the mayor added.
Migrants seeking a work permit in the United States must apply for a work permit with US Citizenship and Immigration Services — a process that takes about six months after a person files their asylum application.
Adams did not specify whether he would prefer city or private sector jobs to migrants.
But a City Hall official told the Post that city officials have asked the White House to cut bureaucracy related to federal work permit laws.
Currently, the unemployment rate in the five counties is 6.1% – almost double the national average of 3.7%.
But the city is struggling to persuade workers to return to the office as remote work became a preferred option during the pandemic.
Adams himself is struggling to attract city employees – the Independent Budget Office reported that as of June 30,
But a city council hearing last Friday found the figure rose to about 20% in some agencies.
A report in the nonprofit The City revealed Monday that the city has received a waiver for private attorneys to work for free to fill a shortage of attorneys in the city.
“The strange thing is that there’s such a demand for it, especially in New York and across the country [a] needs of employees. A lot of my industries are dying to get employees,” Adams said.
“So if you are a nurse from Venezuela, why am I asking you to sit down and not use your medical profession to help in the hospitals where we have a shortage of nurses?”
“If you are an engineer, we have a shortage of engineers. If you are a teacher, we have a shortage of teachers, bilingual teachers. So this six-month delay leads to a larger crisis.”
About 10,000 people have arrived in New York City from the southern border since May, the latest tally, according to City Hall on Tuesday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, began sending busloads of migrants into the city in mid-July, arguing the Biden administration’s seedy security policies had overwhelmed his border towns.
Buses arrive at the Port Authority almost daily, transporting hundreds of migrants who are then placed in city shelters, emergency hotels or with family members.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/eric-adams-wants-to-put-southern-border-migrants-to-work-in-ny/ Eric Adams wants to bring migrants from the southern border to work in New York