The governor of a deep blue state who, like other Democratic lawmakers there, has consistently claimed her state is a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens, has hypocritically changed her tune after tens of thousands have come there.
Gov. Kathy Hochel of New York had a blunt message for illegal migrants during an appearance on CNN: “If you’re going to leave your country, go somewhere else.”
“We have to let the word out that when you come to New York, you’re not going to have more hotel rooms,” Hochul said. “We don’t have capacity, so we have to also message properly.”
“The smarter thing is to apply for asylum before you leave your country,” she added.
This comes after Hochul and other Democrats in the state, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams, touted their “sanctuary” status, especially during President Donald Trump’s term after he made it policy to enforce existing laws and policies against illegal border crossing.
Speaking of Adams, he, too, has reversed course.
“We have no more room in the city,” the Democrat announced at a press conference on Wednesday. Posters now warn of the high cost of living and tell migrants to “consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.”
The turnabouts have led to deserved criticism from the right.
Canadian psychologist and podcast host Jordan Peterson ridiculed, “I guess NYC is no longer a ‘Sanctuary city.’ Any other idiot radical ideas you’re dispensing with, Mayor Adams?”
Meanwhile, New York Republicans have long pushed Hochul to rescind the state’s ‘sanctuary’ status.
“New York City’s leaders chose to be a sanctuary city, putting out a welcome mat for every migrant who arrives in the country. They chose virtue signaling over good government policy, and so must bear the consequences,” a group of eight state senators told Hochul in a Sept. 1 letter. “That in no way affords you or Mayor Adams the luxury of transferring the impacts of your failed policies onto our suburban communities.”