Mayor Eric Adams is feeling the brunt of the migrant crisis as New York City supports over an additional 40,000 people. Last year, Governor Greg Abbott began sending migrants to New York City during the height of the crisis in Texas. New York City was the second city Abbott bussed migrants to after Washington, D.C. The initial intent was to show President Joe Biden the issue Texas was dealing with.
Mayor Adams welcomes migrants, but he needs more money as the budget is running low. He said New York City needs about $4.3 billion and the financial support from the Biden administration does not support that.
Mayor Adams said:
"We've spent over $1 billion. We're projected to spend close to $4.3 billion, if not more. When you look at the price tag, $30 million comes nowhere near what this city is paying for a national problem."
The mayor has repeatedly asked for support from President Biden but the Biden administration focused on supporting border cities in Arizona, Texas, and other southern states. President Biden deployed military personnel to provide support to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol before Title 42 ended earlier this month. Biden restarted building Trump’s controversial wall in Arizona this past February.
Last year, Mayor Adams began housing migrants in tent city and then hotels which cost the city hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.
Mayor Adams recently said:
“New York City is the hotel capital. Almost 50% of those hotel rooms are taken up by migrant asylum seekers that we are paying for. So instead of monies coming from people who are visiting us and spending . . . we are using those hotels.”
The bussing of migrants to New York City has slowed down but they will likely continue in the near future. Governor Abbott has shared migrants with other sanctuary cities as he recently sent them to Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Mayor Adams continues to ask for financial support from President Biden and New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
Do you think Mayor Adams can handle the financial crisis?