The debate surrounding how to handle the influx of migrants arriving in the state by way of New York City runs the gamut.
Large-scale issues like how those seeking asylum will be educated, housed or fed have taken up a lot of the conversation, but local community officials do have other concerns.
Standard trips to the county clerk, DMV or other official offices are part of day-to-day life, but officials say what may be easy for citizens can be challenging for migrants and those looking to assist them.
"Any time there's an influx of individuals, whether it's migrants or refugees, I would imagine that the county offices will feel that eventually," said immigration lawyer Rosanna Berardi.
Mundane activities like issuing a driver’s license or identification card are not as easy when working with the migrant community if you ask Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola.
"We're trying to be real vigilant, but when you're looking at foreign documents and you've never been really taught what to really look for, it's kind of tougher on the clerks to really catch those things," he said at a press conference last week.
Meanwhile out west, Erie County Clerk Michael "Mickey" Kearns hasn't seen an issue for his staff and says the change in need has been negligible.
"We really have not seen an uptick," Kearns said. "We get about a handful of people each day, but we've been able to handle it."
He points to having more than a handful of organizations in and around Buffalo that help migrants with making sure they have support or proper documentation for the next step in their journey. Both clerks and many elected officials do share one common sentiment and point to why either would have problems.
"We have an immigration issue. Our immigration policy is broken. Anyone knows that," Kearns added. "So I think there's confusion out in the public. Asylees: they are following the law."
Navigating what for many can be a long and difficult process is what Berardi is here for.
"We help individuals with work permits, green cards and citizenship," she said.
Berardi has been an immigration lawyer for 26 years and has seen almost everything. She says blanket statements like migrants aren't any kind of burden on public services or that all are law-abiding asylum seekers are not true, nor should be the focus of any issues.
State and local officials have been calling for the federal government to step in to help with the recent influx of migrants to New York.
"To me, as an immigration lawyer, where's the federal government? How come no one's talking about this piece of it? The fact that it's trickled down to the county level is shocking to me," she added. "This really shouldn't be happening. And we have this whole body of people called Congress that make the laws and they won't touch immigration with the 10-foot pole. Because it's very complicated."