For months, border crossers and illegal migrants have been bused from Texas to New York City. Now a new report details that of the over 15,500 who have made the voluntary trip and entered the homeless system, about 76% remain in the city’s shelters.
The sanctuary city is getting the brunt of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s frustration at the Biden administration’s inaction over the ongoing border crisis.
Beginning in April, the Republican governor began busing volunteers to the Big Apple and later to Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois, which are also sanctuary locations.
The New York Times reported recently that city officials call the situation for the homeless system “dire.” If the flow of border crossers and illegal aliens to the city continues at the same rate, the family homeless shelter would nearly double from 31,000 occupants to almost 60,000.
It has also been recently reported that Democratic Mayor Eric Adams and other city leaders asked the federal government for nearly $500 million in federal money to assist with housing those bused from Texas.
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Reports say that most who enter the homeless system leave needing taxpayer-funded subsidies for housing. In fiscal year 2021 for NYC, only 1,800 individual adults and about 1,000 families were able to exit without city funds.
On the other hand, over 5,200 single adults and over 4,100 families left for subsidized dwellings.
Meanwhile, housing in New York City continues to skyrocket. The median rent for just a one-bedroom apartment has exploded nearly 40% from the same time last year, and two-bedroom apartments now cost over 46% more than a year ago.
The buses coming from Texas are far from the only sources of illegal migrants entering the nation’s largest city. President Joe Biden’s Alternatives to Detention program alone has increased the number of migrants sent to the city by 184% since 2020.
The serious issues faced by New York City are real, and no one is pretending otherwise. However, it is only now that these so-called “sanctuary” destinations are realizing the very real predicament faced by border areas, and on an exponentially larger scale.