Mayor Eric Adams of New York City has issued a dire warning about the escalating migrant crisis in the city, projecting that the expenses could skyrocket to an astonishing $12 billion within the next three years. Highlighting the strain on the city’s resources, Adams revealed that the current average nightly expenditure is $383 for around 25,600 households of asylum seekers. With the migrant population expected to double by June 2024, the mayor fears that there could be as many as 100,000 homeless migrants.
Amidst this alarming situation, Adams urgently appealed for federal support and the cooperation of New Yorkers to address the crisis. The costs of providing accommodation, food, and other essential services for the migrants are anticipated to significantly rise, possibly reaching $6.1 billion by the end of June 2025 if corrective actions are not taken. To meet these financial demands, Adams proposed slashing budgets in various city services.
Despite receiving federal and state funding to alleviate the crisis, Adams stressed that the current situation is unsustainable and underscored the critical need for comprehensive solutions and collaboration from higher levels of government.