(RepublicanPress.org) – New York City’s Democratic mayor, Eric Adams, appears to be experiencing significant issues coping with the economic impact of the migrant crisis. Recent reports indicated that roughly 10,000 immigrants have been arriving in NYC monthly since March, overwhelming local homeless shelters. Officials had to open more than 200 additional facilities to accommodate them. Adams issued multiple warnings over the last few days about the mounting problem.
On Saturday, September 9, the mayor announced his decision to call for a citywide program to eliminate the gap between available funds for city services and current usage. To accomplish that goal, he directed all city agencies to issue proposals to cut spending by as much as 15%.
Adams issued a brief pre-recorded statement explaining the crisis. He told New Yorkers that city officials anticipated the cost of accommodating asylum seekers would reach $12 billion through the end of the fiscal year 2025 if the current system of handling migrants wasn’t changed.
Adams explained that although officials’ “compassion is limitless, [their] resources aren’t.” Directing his attention beyond city government, the mayor said those requested budget reductions wouldn’t have to happen if the state and federal governments would step up and “do their part” to solve the crisis by “paying their fair share” of the costs associated with migrants. He also called on President Joe Biden’s administration to expedite work authorizations for incoming migrants and work with Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform to address the rising problem.
On September 6, the mayor’s Community Affairs Unit hosted a town hall-style event with constituents. Adams lashed out at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for many of the city’s recent setbacks. According to Adams, the city’s economic woes began when “a madman down in Texas” started busing migrants to NYC.
The mayor complained that city agencies had to feed, shelter, and clothe them; they had to wash their laundry, educate their children — “give them everything they need.” He warned that every community would end up being adversely impacted by the situation.
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