According to a state source, New York taxpayers will spend $20 million per month for migrant housing on Randall’s Island, equivalent to $10,000 per asylum seeker if all 2,000 beds are occupied, as revealed in recently disclosed documents and emails.
Situated off Manhattan’s coast, the temporary facility is one of four state-sponsored migrant housing sites striving urgently to accommodate the overwhelming influx that has pushed New York City to its limits.
Destructive immigration policies are overwhelming New York City, as more than 10,000 migrants arrive every month, seeking shelter, meals and services, according to recent data.
Despite the Biden administration’s assertion of curbing the influx of asylum seekers, figures indicate no evidence of a decrease.
Democratic Mayor Eric Adams announced a staggering $12 billion expense for the city’s migrant crisis over the upcoming three years on Monday.
Adams said, “We are past our breaking point. 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.”
Starting from the spring of 2022, over 100,000 individuals, including men, women and children in search of refuge, have reached New York City. Among them, over 57,000 are housed in 198 emergency shelters spread across the five boroughs.
This unprecedented influx has even led to people spilling onto the streets of Manhattan. Just two weeks ago, hundreds of refugees were compelled to sleep outdoors near Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel.
Still, the choice to utilize Randall’s Island soccer fields for housing migrant males has infuriated the local sports community. This includes a commissioner under Adams who has publicly opposed the decision.
Many slam canceled ⚽️ games and lost recreation for hundreds of NYC public and private school students who use the Randalls Island fields.
Migrants in city shelters now tops around 57,000. More than 107,000 swarm city shelters now, an all-time high. https://t.co/RdD35DVLUN
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 7, 2023
Vilda Vera Mayuga, leader of the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, initiated petitions to prevent the employment of youth soccer fields for the massive shelter setup.
While Hochul pledged to incorporate Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, a former military airfield, into the roster of state-sponsored shelters, White House authorities declined to approve the proposition on Sunday, resulting in a significant setback.
The federal government clarified that the field plan requires further examination.