NYC: More than 6-in-10 Migrants Living Off Taxpayers in Subsidized Housing

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: The Roosevelt Hotel, one of New York’s oldest and most
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More than 60 percent of border crossers and illegal aliens who have arrived in New York City since the spring of last year are living off local taxpayers in subsidized housing and shelters — including luxury hotels.

Mayor Eric Adams (D) has massively expanded New York City’s shelters to accommodate nearly 80,000 migrants who have arrived in the city over the last year. More than 6-in-10 of those migrants, the New York Post reports, are still living in the city’s shelter system.

The sheer volume of border crossers and illegal aliens staying in shelters has increased the system’s population by more than 110 percent since Adams took office. Experts have said the growth in the shelter system is unstainable.

Most prominently, Adams has placed hundreds of migrants in Manhattan’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel, which closed in 2020 but has since reopened as one of many migrant hotels.

To afford Adams’ migrant hotels scheme, he said New Yorkers will see public services like meals for senior citizens and library hours cut.

Meanwhile, the hotel industry is profiting millions, potentially billions, from the lucrative migrant hotel contracts. In many cases, records show that New Yorkers are being charged daily hotel rates that are well above their market rate.

Overall, New Yorkers are paying $256 every day, on average, to provide free hotel rooms to each migrant family. This is vastly more than what the city pays, $136 to $188, to provide housing for homeless New Yorkers.

The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens ending up in New York City were released directly into the United States interior by President Joe Biden’s administration under the guise that they would eventually file asylum claims.

City officials, though, admitted this month that “very few” migrants in New York City have filed asylum claims and thus private lawyers are being recruited to help them fill out the paperwork.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.


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