Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Calls on the Biden Administration to Resettle Afghans in New York

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is now in the spotlight after Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped down when sexual harassment allegations became too much for him to handle.

Now, Hochul is showing off her neoliberal colors after she called on President Joe Biden to resettle Afghans in New York.

Hochul released a statement in which she pressed the Biden administration to help Afghans after the withdrawal of American military forces in Afghanistan.

Her statement read as follows:

When I served in Congress, I met with many Afghans when I traveled to their country. They were there for us, now it’s time for us to help them. [New York] is committed to doing our part to welcome refugees fleeing Afghanistan. The arms of the Statue of Liberty are open wide to you.

John Binder of Breitbart News noted that “The statement comes as a local report from PIX11 News suggested that thousands of Afghans could be resettled in Queens, New York City.”

In a letter directed to the Biden administration, Hochul was joined by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, an Independent, and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, a Republican, where they outlined their intentions to work with refugee contractors to bring Afghans to upstate New York:

In the coming months, we will work together with our refugee resettlement partners at Interfaith WorksCNY and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and the federal government to prepare our community. Central New York stands ready as a partner to bring as many of our Afghan allies out of harm as possible and into a welcoming, nurturing community in America.

On top of that, 40 elected officials in New York sent a letter to Biden calling on him “to welcome & support Afghan refugees & asylum seekers, and that, as a state, we are ready, willing and able to accept them here.”

Binder outlined the economic rationale behind New York politicians’ desire to bring in more migrants:

For years, politicians in upstate New York and investors have sought to boost their economic gains by bringing more foreign workers and refugees to the region — adding more consumers to their populations.

The Breitbart writer also spelled out how the Biden administration is trying to resettle Afghans:

Days ago, Pentagon officials stated up to 22,000 Afghans — mostly applying for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and the newly-created P-2 visa — would be arriving at three military bases: Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

Biden, though, suggested on Thursday that up to 65,000 Afghans need to be evacuated and resettled outside of Afghanistan, while non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have claimed more than 300,000 Afghans need to be resettled in the U.S.

The costs of refugee resettlement are not cheap. Binder wrote:

Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers nearly $9 billion every five years, according to research, and each refugee costs taxpayers about $133,000 over the course of their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16 percent of all refugees admitted will need housing assistance paid for by taxpayers.

The US’s ruling class is obsessed with perpetual war and mass migration. When the US government destabilizes foreign countries with its interventions, it is invariably followed by refugee crises. Mass migration advocates instantly pounce on these situations in their efforts to radically transform America.

If the US is to do anything about refugees, it should be working with its so-called “allies” in Pakistan, Gulf Arab states, and Turkey — all countries with similar Islamic cultures — to resettle these migrants.