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Posted on: September 26, 2023

Rensselaer County Intends to Enforce Emergency Order on Illegal Migrants

Rensselaer County Intends to Enforce Emergency Order on Illegal Migrants, Despite New Action by NYC to Force Migrants and Homeless Into Upstate Communities

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said his county will stand strong and enforce an emergency order issued earlier this year to protect county communities from an influx of illegal migrants.

McLaughlin made his comments following an announcement by New York City Mayor Eric Adams that NYC will issue housing vouchers in the city that allow and encourage recipients to seek housing outside of the five boroughs. The NYC plan is being put forward because of a housing crisis caused by an influx of illegal migrants into the metropolitan area.

The Rensselaer County emergency order issued this past spring prohibits businesses or municipalities from entering into contracts to house illegal migrants.

“Our Emergency Order remains in place, and we intend to enforce the order,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said he expects NYC will issue housing vouchers to homeless individuals and illegal migrants because the city has mismanaged the influx of illegal migrants.

“New York City is desperate to offload their policy mistakes on upstate communities, and this housing voucher is the latest example of that desperation. We are also reviewing legal action on this issue,” said McLaughlin.

“We invite other counties and communities to join with us and take a stand against the influx of migrants. After loudly proclaiming they were a sanctuary city, NYC and other progressive communities are trying to act surprised when thousands upon thousands show up,” he added.

“Communities across the state and the nation are waking up to the fact that Adams, Hochul and Biden have no solutions to this problem, and only want to spread the disaster around. The way to resolve this issue is to close the borders, screen anyone trying to enter our country, and to put our people first when it comes to services and assistance,” concluded McLaughlin.

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