NYC Mayor Appeals to Biden for $12 Billion help with Migrant Housing

by | Aug 16, 2023 | Firm News, Immigration Explained

In New York City, the continued arrival of migrants from around the U.S. has prompted Mayor Eric Adams to once again reach out to the federal government for assistance in averting a looming budget crisis. The escalating expenses, which are predicted to reach $12.2 billion by the close of the upcoming year, have been attributed to the surge of individuals arriving from the southern U.S. border, seeking temporary care and refuge.

While emphasizing the unbounded compassion of the city, Mayor Adams underscored the stark limitations of its resources. During a recent address, he highlighted the urgent need for additional support from the Biden administration, framing the issue as a financial burden that necessitates collaborative intervention.

Despite the fact that New York City’s residents are grappling with an international humanitarian crisis not of their making, they have been left largely to handle the repercussions independently. The mayor’s address aimed to cast the responsibility on the Biden administration to address the mounting financial pressure.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dispatched a small team to the city to assess the appropriate federal response.

To date, the federal government has pledged $140 million to aid the city, although none of the funds have been received yet. A city spokesperson clarified that requests for the funds have been submitted, and any delay could be attributed to standard bureaucratic procedures.

Since the spring of 2022, nearly 100,000 migrants have sought refuge in New York City.

With the city’s shelters operating at near-maximum capacity and additional migrants arriving, it appears that the crisis will persist. As of the latest update, the city reported accommodating over 82,000 individuals, including almost 30,000 children.

Even critics of Mayor Adams, such as the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless, have echoed his plea for assistance. They emphasized that the situation necessitates a comprehensive governmental response at all levels, underscoring the importance of meaningful aid from both the Biden and Hochul administrations.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has acknowledged the city’s financial needs, acknowledging that the situation is considerably more expensive than initially anticipated. She indicated her intention to request an additional $1 billion from Albany lawmakers to further support the city, augmenting the already allocated $1 billion.