Statement from NYGOP Chair Ed Cox in response to today’s court decision

ALBANY – NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement in response to today’s decision by the Staten Island Supreme Court blocking the Adams administration from housing illegal migrants at a former Catholic school:

“The decision from the Staten Island Supreme Court issued today is absolutely correct.  The 1981 consent decree was never intended to deal with the massive influx of migrants from across the globe and it should be either terminated or significantly limited.  I congratulate Borough President Fossella, Congresswoman Malliotakis, and the other elected officials who brought this legal action.

“The disastrous open borders policies of President Biden have been an abject failure.  The crisis on the border has now impacted states across the nation.  New York Democrats, such as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, who’ve supported the unlimited right to shelter and sanctuary city policies share the blame for this crisis.  It is yet another example of how their ‘progressive’ policies are ruining our state.

“Meanwhile, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie sit and do nothing.  Kathy Hochul needs to call the legislature back into session now.  The legislature should end the ‘right to shelter’ for migrants, repeal sanctuary city policies, and join with other states to bring legal action against the Biden Administration for their failure to enforce immigration laws.  Those without a valid claim of asylum – which includes most of the people coming across the border now – should be returned to their nation.  It is not right that those who’ve followed the law to seek entry into the United States are forced to wait behind those who’ve entered the nation illegally.”



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