(The Center Square) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed off on a temporary plan to make it easier for asylum seekers to find jobs in the state government.
The New York Civil Service Commission approved the measure at its Jan. 18 meeting. Hochul said the state is working with agencies to implement the changes, including dropping application requirements like proof of a high school diploma and English proficiency.
“I have 10,000 openings in the New York State workforce. From our operations to SUNY, I have 10,000 openings,” Hochul told reporters at a Tuesday press briefing. “So this is to give options to people but to say we are working intensely to get work authorization — these are all legal people.”
The governor said the program is open to migrants with federal work authorization, Green Card holders and U.S. citizens who don’t meet the basic employment requirements.
“I’m anxious to