A number of Democratic Party-led cities are paying for one-way tickets for migrants to leave in recent months. The effort came as a number of municipalities that declared themselves as ‘sanctuary cities’ have struggled with a large wave of migrants who entered the country since President Joe Biden took office in 2021.
Despite the rhetoric of the last several years, several major cities are paying for tickets to send the migrants anywhere else. Denver, Colorado has spent more than $4 million on bus tickets to have migrants leave. Among the tickets bought by the city, almost 3,000 were to Chicago and more than 2,000 were to New York.
Denver was spending $31 million on its shelters for the migrants.
Meanwhile, New York is purchasing one-way plane tickets for migrants to go anywhere on the planet.
Illinois state funds are also being utilized by Catholic Charities to send away more than 2,500 migrants.
New York City announced last week that it was cutting its budget due to the increased strain of the migrant crisis.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced sweeping budget cuts to the city's services to offset the cost of dealing with the more than 110,000 migrants who have arrived in New York City over the past year.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 18, 2023
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) announced that it was cutting the city’s budget across the board, and expected to slash spending further in early 2024.
New York spent almost $1.5 billion on the migrants in the last budget year. Gotham expects to spend almost $11 billion in the next two years.
“For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces,” the mayor said. “To balance the budget as the law requires, every city agency dug into their own budget to find savings, with minimal disruption to services.
As part of the cuts, the New York Police Department (NYPD) would freeze its hiring, a reduction of 3,000 officers the agency planned to hire in the next two years.
Several major ‘sanctuary’ locations, such as New York, Los Angeles and the state of Massachusetts have called for migrants not to come to their locations.