Some of the thousands of illegal immigrants in New York City will be heading to the suburbs after the city received less than a tenth of the federal funds it requested from the Biden administration to handle the crisis.
New York City applied for $350 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house and care for thousands of illegal immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. On Friday, the Biden administration informed the Big Apple that it would send the city $30 million, POLITICO reported.
“Let us be very clear: This is both disappointing and woefully insufficient for a city that has carried the cost of sheltering, feeding, and supporting more than 60,000 asylum-seekers in the last year,” Mayor Eric Adam’s spokesperson Fabien Levy said in a statement. “New Yorkers have stepped up tremendously throughout this crisis and we look forward to working closely with our congressional delegation to remedy this serious mistake.”
On the same day as Biden’s snub, Adams announced that his administration will begin sending illegal immigrants out of New York City to ease the burden the influx of illegal immigrants has placed on the city. Two hotels in Orangeburg and Orange Lake — which are located in Rockland County, New York — will temporarily house 300 single adult males.
Rockland County Supervisor Teresa Kenny said in a Facebook post that Adams called “to notify me of plans to house migrants at a hotel in Orangetown,” according to Fox News.
“I agree that this calls for a Federal, not a local solution … to send these people to a location that is not equipped to meet their needs, is a betrayal of that often-expressed desire by NYC to be a sanctuary for them,” Kenny added.
Adams called out the Biden administration last month, saying that the president’s border policies have turned New York City into a disaster. New York City will spend $4.2 billion to house and care for illegal immigrants by the middle of 2024.
“The city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis,” Adams said.
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earmarked $322 million Friday for communities along the southern border facing the brunt of the border crisis, such as El Paso, Texas, according to POLITICO. DHS said that it will send a second round of funds totaling $360 million to cities beyond the border, which will likely include New York City.
“This first round of funding was focused primarily on the needs of border communities due to the urgencies they are confronting,” the department said in a statement. “Several interior cities also received funding. The City of New York received the most of any interior city by a significant margin given its challenges.”
Illegal immigrants are expected to flood into the U.S. after Title 42, the Trump-era public health order keeping illegal immigrants in Mexico as they wait for asylum claims, ends on May 11.
Through the first six months of fiscal year 2023, which began in October, there have been more than 1.2 million border encounters, according to Customs and Border Protection data. That doesn’t include illegal immigrants who crossed and escaped detection.
There are at least 34,800 illegal immigrants currently being housed in shelters throughout New York City, according to the latest data from City Hall, the Post reported. Last year, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) began sending buses of illegal immigrants to leftist “sanctuary cities” across the U.S., including New York.