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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul broke rank with the Democrat Party by admitting that the U.S. southern border is "too open" and there is an illegal immigration crisis under President Joe Biden. However, Hochul had a far different message about the border crisis not too long ago.
During a "Face the Nation" appearance on Sunday, Hochul called on Congress to enact a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that would "have a limit on who can come across the border."
"It is too open right now," Hochul said of the southern border. "People coming from all over the world are finding their way through, simply saying they need asylum, and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York and that is a real problem for New York City."
Hochul said New York had recently received 125,000 new migrants.
"We are always so proud of the fact that New York has the Statue of Liberty in our harbor," she told host Margaret Brennan. "We are one of the most diverse places on earth because of our welcoming nature and it's in our DNA to welcome immigrants, but there has to be some limits in place."
The Democratic governor of New York demanded Congress "put more controls at the border" and "double or quadruple" the number of Border Patrol agents.
However, Hochul had a far different message regarding migrants less than two years ago. In December 2021, Hochul talked about New York's history of welcoming immigrants and refugees.
"Where people who left religious persecution or left wars, left oppression and left extreme poverty, like my own grandparents, leaving Ireland with nothing, that is what we have always viewed as our responsibility to the rest of the world," Hochul said during a press conference at the time. "But because of that, we are a far better, more enriched, diverse state. And that's a huge point of pride for all New Yorkers."
"As you know, the Statue of Liberty is inscribed. It says, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore," she continued. "And that statement [encapsulates] our values."
"We want people to come here despite where they came from or despite the circumstances that drove them to this country, into this state," Hochul proclaimed. "We see say, you are welcome here. You're welcome with open arms and we'll work to keep you safe."
"We'll not only house you, but we'll protect you," Hochul promised migrants. "And the richness of the culture and the diversity and the food and the restaurants that we know are going to be coming because of these efforts are beyond measure. It says it's an extraordinary part of our story. And it's woven into the story of New York and it makes us more vibrant."
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams – a Democrat – has also changed his tune on illegal immigration – but only after migrants were shipped to the Big Apple from the southern border.
In October 2021, Adams declared on the campaign trail: "We should protect our immigrants. Period. Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration."
However, Adams has completely reversed course last year after illegal immigrants have paralyzed New York City.
"Immigration is the New York story. It is the American story. But as I declared nearly a year ago, we are facing an unprecedented state of emergency due to the asylum seeker crisis," Adams said in August.
Adams said the city is "past our breaking point" because of a "broken immigration system."
Adams estimated that the migrant crisis would cost New York City $12 billion over the next three years.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.