In the face of continued arrivals of thousands of migrants in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has made a renewed plea to the federal government for aid in alleviating the city's budgetary crisis. The influx of individuals from the southern U.S. border, who are seeking temporary care and shelter, has resulted in projected expenses of $12.2 billion by the end of next year.
While expressing boundless compassion, Mayor Adams emphasized the limited resources available to address this issue during his recent address. He called upon the Biden administration to assist the city in relieving the mounting financial burden, stating, "New Yorkers did not create an international humanitarian crisis. But our city’s residents have been left to deal with this crisis almost entirely on our own."
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has dispatched a team to New York City to assess and determine the appropriate response from the federal government.
New York City Struggles with Migrant Crisis
The city of New York has been grappling with a growing migrant crisis since the spring of 2022. To date, the federal government has pledged a significant sum of $140 million to aid the city in managing the situation. However, according to Jacques Jiha, the city's budget director, none of that money has been received as yet. A city spokesperson clarified that while requests for the funds have been made, there could be bureaucratic reasons for the delay.
As the number of migrants arriving in the city continues to rise, New York's shelters are quickly reaching their maximum capacity. With no sign of the crisis coming to an end any time soon, it poses a significant challenge for the city. Presently, there are over 82,000 individuals, including almost 30,000 children, being accommodated by the city.
Amidst this crisis, both the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless have joined forces with the mayor in emphasizing the need for assistance. They stress that this is a critical moment that requires comprehensive support and cooperation from all levels of government. The groups urge the Biden and Hochul administrations to provide meaningful aid to help shoulder the responsibility faced by the city.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul acknowledges the dire need for additional funding, recognizing that the situation has proven to be far more costly than initially anticipated.