New York City is officially telling migrants not to come to the Big Apple, despite its status as a sanctuary city. The notification came as New York strains under the pressure of increased migration to the city.
The administration of Mayor Eric Adams (D) published the flier, which states that “there is no guarantee we will be able to provide shelter and services to new arrivals.”
The document also states that housing in New York is “very expensive.”
The information also cites the fact that the “cost of food, transportation and other necessities in NYC is the highest in the United States.”
The flier ends by asking migrants to “please consider another city as you make your decision about where to settle in the U.S.”
The flyer that NYC is giving migrants to discourage them from coming says: "Housing in NYC is very expensive" and also says that the cost of "food, transportation" are "the highest in the United States."
They're just posing their Ls to discourage people? pic.twitter.com/8LjQRUjBrK
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) July 20, 2023
Gotham has faced a significant increase in migrant arrivals since the start of the Biden administration in 2021. However, much of the current focus came after President Joe Biden announced the end of the Title 42 asylum program initiated by former President Donald Trump.
New York faced thousands of migrants, estimated at about 90,000. Currently, the city stated that about 55,000 such illegal immigrants are living in New York funded by taxpayers.
A number of residents have protested efforts by New York to resettle the immigrants in the city, including in a number of former educational buildings and hotels.
In May, Brooklyn residents protested the use of a school gym to shelter migrants arriving in the city. The city reversed its policy, deciding that the P.S. 188 location would not be used for such housing.
At the time, Adams estimated that the city was using half of its hotel capacity for the migrants. He said that “instead of money coming from people who are visiting us and spending and our tourism and our Broadway plays, instead of them using those hotels, we are using those hotels.”
New York, which declared itself a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, now estimates that the total cost of taking care of the migrants will cost $4 billion over two years. Furthermore, the New York Post recently cited an independent estimate of $10 billion per year.
Since the start of the current migrant wave, New York City has also begun sending migrants to other counties within the state.