(The Center Square) — New York Republican leaders are calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to deal with the influx of asylum seekers.
In a letter to Hochul, Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, R-Tonawanda, and Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaksi, urge the Democratic governor to deploy the National Guard “immediately to assist the State of Texas and New York Canadian border in efforts to stop the flow of migrants coming into our country illegally.”
“Immigration reform is a matter that must be dealt with on the federal level,” they wrote. “However, we hope you agree that the states’ sovereign right to protect its citizens and its communities must be valued above the actions of federal authorities.”
Ortt said New York previously sent National Guard troops to the U.S. border in 2006 and 2007 as part of Operation Jump Start, noting that