Gov. Hochul issues executive order as Title 42 expires Thursday
Gov. Kathy Hochul is issuing an executive order saying New York should prepare to support more asylum seekers as the emergency health restriction Title 42 expires Thursday.
Title 42, the COVID-19 era restriction put in place to reduce the influx of migrants into the United States, is set to expire on May 11. With more mask mandates lifted and people vaccinated, the policy seems to be no longer necessary.
The governor allocated more than $1 billion of next year's budget to support the city in quickly aiding the surge of those seeking asylum that they're expecting. According to the governor's order, that funding will allow the state to provide necessary resources to new arrivals including food, shelter, health care, and legal assistance.
It will also allow the state to increase its National Guard presence from 1,000 members to 1,500 at places with the highest demand like the Port Authority and shelter sites.
Title 42 is expected to end Thursday at midnight. The governor says she will continue working with the city on providing shelter to migrants as they arrive.