Bill Clinton on the immigration crisis in New York: The system 'is broken and we need to fix it'

In an interview, the former president assured that immigrants "need to be working, paying taxes and paying their way."

After New York Governor Kathy Hochul demanded that Congress put a "limit" on on immigration to alleviate the crisis in her state, another important voice within the Democratic Party has warned that the problem in the United States' biggest city should be solved.

Former President Bill Clinton said New York City's immigration system needs "fixing" because it is "broken" during an interview on WABC 77's "The Cats Roundtable" radio show. He added that immigrants "want to work" but "the system does not allow it":

We're supposed to shelter people who can't get work permits for six months. We need to change that. They ought to work. They need to be working, paying taxes and paying their way. And most of these people have no interest in being on welfare for themselves and their families. They want to work and they're not allowed to under the system, as it now works. It's broken. And we need to fix it, we need to rush through these things.

In addition, the former president noted that the immigration crisis has been "very beneficial for the Republicans" since "the immigration system is not well manned."

Clinton used the Canadian immigration system as a reference, which, according to him, should serve as an example for the United States:

We need to be very practical here. We need to do more like what the Canadians do where they take a large number of immigrants, but they go where they're needed and where they're wanted.