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 October 3, 2023

Bill Clinton urges migrants to 'begin working, paying taxes, and paying their way' in NYC

Saturday, former President Bill Clinton concurred with New York Governor Kathy Hochul that New York City's "Right to Shelter Law" must be revised.

"Gov. [Kathy] Hochul thinks it should be modified, and it probably should under the circumstances," Clinton told radio host John Catsimatidis on 77 WABC radio’s "The Cats Roundtable" show, as flagged by the New York Post.

"It’s broken. We need to fix it," Clinton said, adding that the law "doesn’t make any sense."

In New York City, the "Right to Shelter" has existed for more than four decades and mandates sanctuary for the homeless. New York is also a city with asylum rules for illegal immigrants.

"They come here, and we’re supposed to shelter people who can’t get work permits for six months. We need to change that," he said, noting that migrants have a right to begin "paying their way" in American society.

"They ought to work," Clinton said. "They need to begin working, paying taxes and paying their way. Most of these people have no interest in being on welfare."

A low birthrate in the United States, according to the nation's past leader, necessitates the use of "immigrants or machines" to sustain economic growth. Clinton also suggested that more refugee housing be constructed.

"We should build more housing just over the Rio Grande, and Mexico, I think, would support that," he said. "Keep people there, and let them in as quickly as possible if they are going someplace where we know they can get a job, and they’ll be welcome."

Clinton claimed the "chaos" surrounding the migrant situation was "very beneficial for the Republicans," particularly due to the "immigration system that is not well manned and there are not enough facilities along the border."

The former president, a native of Arkansas, commented on the defeat of Democrats in New York.

"But the Democrats lost enough seats in New York because of reaction to the crime problem here and the sense that — we didn’t have — we, my party — didn’t have a good commonsense approach to it," he said, referring to the migrants.

Governors from Texas and other border states have begun to send migrants on buses to cities that have deemed themselves "sanctuary cities" who have asserted they will not enforce deportation when asked to cooperate by federal officials.

Just a few weeks ago Mayor Eric Adams of New York City thanked President Biden on Wednesday for expediting work authorization and deportation protection for approximately 470,000 Venezuelan migrants, seeming to indicate that Democrats are backing one another in the struggle to deal with the migrant crisis.

"More than 116,000 asylum seekers have come to New York City since last spring in search of the American Dream," Adams wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"Our administration and our partners across the city have led the calls to ‘Let Them Work,’ so I want to thank @POTUS for hearing our entire coalition, including our hard-working congressional delegation, and taking this important step that will bring hope to the thousands of Venezuelan asylum seekers currently in our care who will now be immediately eligible for Temporary Protected Status."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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