The massive influx of illegal immigrants into New York City's sanctuary city has caused the homeless shelter system to overflow.
According to The Washington Post, the influx of undocumented immigrants "has raised the total reception population to 95,000," up from 45,000 in January 2022." This is a 110% increase since the beginning of Mayor Eric Adams' term in office.
"The system is collapsing"
City officials claim that more than 48,000 illegals are living in hotels and makeshift shelters. NYC has spent $1.2 billion to shelter them since the summer of 2022. The WP analysis indicates that taxpayers are the ones paying for these expenses:
At about $380 per person per day, New York authorities say the cost of caring for immigrants will reach $4.3 billion over the next 12 months.
Anne Williams-Isom, deputy mayor for Health and Human Services, warned in late May:
We have reached a point where the system is collapsing.
Adams' failed attempts to mitigate the migration crisis
Adams recently announced the implementation of a new program for illegal immigrants residing in city shelters to get rental assistance money, which is funded by taxpayer dollars. The goal is to bring immigrants into city neighborhoods.
The mayor had also previously suggested that his administration would pay city residents to house illegal immigrants in their homes.
These immigrants are already being housed in hotel rooms paid for with public funds, in a former jail paid for by local taxpayers, and in as many as 50 churches and religious shelters.