Migrants In Chautauqua County

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – A little over a month ago, Chautauqua County enacted a state of emergency in response to Title 42 coming to an end, and an influx of migrants coming into the Empire State. A month later we talked to Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel on where we stand. 

County Executive PJ Wendel told us that he has personally seen migrants come to Chautauqua County.

He also claims that Erie County is receiving busloads of immigrants from New York City.

Wendel did extend the state of emergency again, claiming that he needs to have a sit down conversation with the Mayor of New York City and the Governor to figure out the best way forward. 

He argues that the county is not discriminatory, rather they do not have the resources to provide for asylum seekers.

Wendel’s solution is to use the 10th amendment to grant temporary freedoms to incoming refugees. 

In the County Executive’s opinion, it would be best to get these migrants working in roles that they are qualified for, whether that is in the hospital, or on the farm.

“I think the Governor should stand up and say this is what we’d like, this is what we are going to do,“ explained Executive Wendel. “Ask for forgiveness not permission. Because as we know, no one is moving the ball on this. No one is moving the needle and saying yes we’ll grant them temporary protective status, allow them to work here in the United States and get them on their feet. They’re forcing people to basically violate labor laws.”  

New York State has filed a suit against Chautauqua County claiming they are excluding certain individuals.


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