New York City has been plagued by an unprecedented migrant crisis as more people trickle in and the city is supposed to provide for thousands of them.
Reading the news from Collin Rugg on X, Elon Musk termed the matter a “severe crisis”.
According to Rugg, the City is expected to fork out over $1 billion to cover costs to accommodate the migrants in hotels.
New York City is gearing up to pay over $1,000,000,000 on just hotels over the next 3 years to house illegal immigrants.
Good! That’s what happens when you call yourself a “Sanctuary City.”
But that’s just the hotel costs. NYC Mayor Eric Adams estimates the total cost of the migrant crisis will be about $12B over the next 3 years.
“We are past our breaking point,” he said. “With more than 57,300 individuals currently in our care on an average night, it amounts to $9.8 million a day. Almost $300 million a month and nearly $3.6 billion a year.”
An analysis of records shows that in many cases, the city is paying premium daily rates to house the migrants — forking over $311 a night at the two-star Holiday Inn Express on Kings Highway in Brooklyn and $200 a night at the once-posh Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan that shuttered during the pandemic.
The hotels range from seedy, “hot sheets” rented by the hour to historic, century-old Midtown Manhattan palaces that have made cameos in Hollywood movies. They’re helping house the more than 72,000 migrants who’ve entered the five boroughs over the last year from Venezuela, El Salvador and other Latin American countries.
“It is a feature of emergency procurement that you pay through the nose,” City Comptroller Brad Lander said of the city’s arrangements with hotels. “If you could reduce the cost of hotel rooms even modestly you would save a lot of money.”
The cost of housing migrants is so extraordinary — an estimated $4.3 billion between April of 2022 and July 2024 — that Mayor Adams says he must cut city services to afford it.
To manage those expenses, Adams says the city is planning to trim services such as library hours, meals for senior citizens, re-entry programming for Rikers Island prisoners, and free, full-day care for three-year-olds. Last month, Adams also sought to unwind the city’s right to shelter, which entitles the migrants to housing within 24 hours of their arrival.