REVEALED: NYC’s $4.7BN migrant bill is equal to cost of critical services like sanitation, parks and fire department COMBINED – as Mayor Eric Adams warns crisis will destroy the city, with schools already overwhelmed
New York City’s migrant crisis will cost the city more than $4 billion this fiscal year if the situation continues — as Mayor Eric Adams warned that the influx of asylum seekers could destroy the city.
Despite Mayor Adam’s cries for help from the state and federal governments, the city has not received any aid to cover the additional costs, so the $4.7 billion would come from the city’s budget. That amount is equal to the budgets for the municipal sanitary facilities, fire brigade and parks combined.
Since the spring of 2022, more than 110,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the city, of which more than 10,000 are currently arriving per month and about 1,000 per day.
There are now nearly 60,000 migrants in the care of the city, and about 21,000 new migrant children will be attending school this year. When the school year started on Thursday, some schools had to turn away students because classrooms were overcrowded.
City officials have said they expect the number of asylum seekers to reach nearly 33,980 households this fiscal year.
There are now nearly 60,000 migrants in the care of the city, and about 21,000 new migrant children will be attending school this year. Ecuadorian migrant Kimberly Carchipulla (right) and her son, 5-year-old Damien, center, wait for the bus on their way to school in New York on Thursday
As the school year started on Thursday, some schools were focused on turning students away because classrooms were overcrowded
The city currently pays about $385 per night per migrant family in need of housing and food. According to Mark Levine, president of Manhattan Borough, asylum seekers cost the city about $10 million every day.
An exasperated Adams didn’t mince words on Wednesday when he said the city’s survival depends on outside help to deal with the crisis. end of next year.
“It started with a madman in Texas who decided he wanted to take people to New York City on buses,” he said, referring to the way Texas Governor Gregg Abbot brought migrants into the city.
Adams continued, “We have to feed, clothe, house 110,000 migrants… we have to educate their children, wash their laundry… give them everything they need.”
Many of the migrants have been bussed in from southern states like Texas and Florida as the conservative governors of these states want to put some of the migratory pressure on progressive governments.
They are not undocumented, but do not have work permits, as they have to wait months to get them after applying for asylum.
Experts say this is one of the main problems because the migrants cannot work and become independent enough to find their own housing.
Adams warned that the city’s services will be impacted by the incredible extra spending on the budget. He has previously stated that the city plans to cut back on services such as library hours, meals for seniors and free day care for three-year-olds.
Migrants were seen sleeping outside the Roosevelt Hotel, which has reached capacity since being converted into a designated center for asylum seekers
The Roosevelt Hotel (pictured), Paul Hotel and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated to accommodate migrants in Manhattan
A bus of Texas migrants arrives at New York’s Port Authority bus station on May 3
Meanwhile, the buses full of migrants continue to arrive, with at least four being unloaded at the Port Authority in just two days.
While migrants used to come mainly from Venezuela, which is currently experiencing the world’s largest refugee crisis and has only ties to Ukraine, more than seven million people have left the country as it collapsed politically and economically.
From 2015 to 2018, only about 100 Venezuelans were stopped at the border each year. From October 2021 to August 2022, that number was 150,000.
However, experts and city officials now say that most of the migrants are from Africa, particularly Senegal and Nigeria.
The city has a legal obligation to provide shelter for those traveling to the subway, and Adams has desperately resorted to a variety of city landmarks, makeshift shelters, and transitional housing as short-term solutions.
While officials have not revealed how many hotel rooms are earmarked for migrants, hotel industry experts believe there are as many as 10,000, The City reports.
The Roosevelt Hotel, Paul Hotel, and Paramount Hotel are among the hotels designated for migrant housing in Manhattan.
Long lines of migrants, mostly men from Africa, are now often seen outside the legendary sites.
Women and children are given priority and they say they are mainly fed pasta and salad, without many suitable options for young children, as reported by CBS news.
Families have been given priority housing in the city’s hotels, leaving tens of thousands to fight for space in shelters or wait on the streets for a solution
Hundreds of refugees slept outside the Roosevelt Hotel in August as the historic establishment was converted into a migrant camp
Many of them never intended to come to New York in the first place, but staying is easy since the city is legally required to provide them with shelter.
“Many of these people arrive here without even knowing where the theft is. Many of them wanted to go to Florida, even with DeSantis there. Others go to Atlanta and California,” said Edinson Calderon, founder of the organization Una Carta Salva Una Vida, which helps asylum seekers after they are released from migrant detention centers.
Calderon told DailyMail.com that migrants from other cities have also taken advantage of the situation and come to the city to avoid paying rent and using shelter.
The US Department of Homeland Security recently sent a small team to New York City to help determine how the federal government should respond.
The federal government has so far promised the city $140 million to help, though the city has not yet received any of that money. A city spokesman later clarified that requests for that money have been made, but that the delay could be due to routine bureaucratic reasons.
New York officials have been sounding the alarm for months about their inability to right the ship, with Adams warning his office estimates the matter will cost the city about $12 billion in just three years.
He declared a state of emergency in the fall, repeatedly labeling the flood a “humanitarian crisis.” The mayor’s failed requests for more federal funding led him in April to condemn President Biden for “abandoning” the city.
The crisis is also far from limited to New York, as many major metropolitan areas also struggle to accommodate asylum seekers. In Chicago, residents were stunned to discover in May that a police station had been converted into a safe house.
Problems on the southern border escalated significantly when Title 42, a pandemic-era border policy that gave officials advanced powers to detain people, ended in May.
On the day the policy expired on May 12, the number of illegal border crossings topped 10,000 – a figure that was maintained for several days