New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared that the city may spend as much as $12 billion over three years if the migrant crisis persists.
“Over the last year, nearly 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in our city looking for a new life,” Adams said in a statement.
“New York City has managed the problem largely by ourselves with tremendous hard work from city government and community-based organizations. This is a national crisis that’s begged for a national response since day one. Despite our tireless effort, we’re running out of resources.”
He explained in the statement that the city spends $300 million per month.
“We need help from more municipalities statewide,” the statement added. “We need work authorization. We need billions and billions more in funding. If we don’t get the support we need, New Yorkers will be left with a $12 BILLION bill over three fiscal years.”
During a press conference, Adams said, “But this is the floor, not the ceiling. This is only an estimate if the number of migrants in our care stays the same over time.”
“Our compassion may be limitless, but our resources are not,” he stated. “This is the budgetary reality we are facing if we don’t get the additional support we need.”
Reporting from The Epoch Times:
The latest governor to call for federal aid is Maura Healey of Massachusetts, who declared a state of emergency on Aug. 8. Ms. Healey said that the state's shelter system is nearing a breaking point due to "rapidly rising numbers" of immigrants, even after the creation of new emergency sites at places like Joint Base Cape Cod to try to handle the increase. "Demand has increased to levels that our emergency shelter system cannot keep up with, especially as the number of families leaving shelter has dwindled due to a lack of affordable housing options and barriers to securing work,” Ms. Healey, a Democrat, said in a statement.