New York City used to be proud of its status as a sanctuary city because it never had to deal with the influx of migrants that border states and other red states have had to deal with in recent years.
Since the governors of red states started shipping migrants off to blue states and cities like New York to give them a dose of what they deal with on a daily basis, Mayor Eric Adams is starting to change his tune.
Eric Adams, Democrat Mayor of NYC warns his constituents that the “Sanctuary,” “city is getting anywhere from 2,500 to 4,000 illegal immigrants per week, and it’s creating a crisis,” that he says will fall on the TAXPAYERS .. He blames the Federal Government.. IOW the Biden… pic.twitter.com/si1WPJlQGT
— Suzanne 🇺🇸♥️ (@snoopsmom123) October 31, 2023
With shelters overflowing with migrants, Adams is now offering to fly them to the destination of their choice, figuring it’s cheaper than sheltering them for months on end.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 27, 2023
“When you are out of room, that means you’re out of room,” Adams told reporters Tuesday. “Every year, my relatives show up for Thanksgiving, and they want to all sleep at my house. There’s no more room. That’s where we are right now.”
In recent days, the mayor of the nation’s largest city has been steering people who were vacated from city shelters to a Manhattan office devoted solely to booking plane tickets, creating more uncertainty for the new arrivals.
Dispersing them across the nation and world harkens back to when the Democratic mayor ripped Republican governors in Texas and Florida for sending migrants from the southern border to liberal enclaves. But City Hall officials defend their effort as different because the migrants aren’t being coerced to leave.
Per The New York Post:
The center, which is located in a repurposed church office in the East Village, was recently set up with the sole purpose of purchasing tickets for asylum seekers who want to leave town, City Hall officials confirmed to The Post.
“With no sign of a decompression strategy in the near future, we have established a reticketing center for migrants,” a spokesperson for Mayor Adams said.
“Here, the city will redouble efforts to purchase tickets for migrants to help them take the next steps in their journeys, and it helps us triage operations at The Roosevelt for new arrivals.”
The cost of buying a plane ticket is, in some cases, cheaper than the $380 it sets the city back per day to house an asylum seeker in one of its shelters.
Some of the migrants who have taken up the city’s offer have already booked plane tickets as far away as Morocco.
Still, critics say Adams’ actions sends a message lacking in compassion
Eric Adams wants more NYers & immigrants to be street homeless. NYers trekked to his NJ home to call Eric out on his attacks on immigrants, unhoused ppl & housing rights & budgets. We tired of this NJ man w/ multiple homes & rich friends telling us what rights & care we deserve. pic.twitter.com/Y6oaiX10Mw
— The People's Plan #PeoplesBudget #CareNotCuts (@PeoplesPlanNYC) October 27, 2023
“What we’ve witnessed from this administration — even if they’re not directly saying ‘you’ve got to get out of here’ — is that they’ve consistently created hysteria and chaos and confusion and have not used a tone of inclusivity and welcome,” City Council member Shahana Hanif said in an interview.
While it’s fun to watch Democrats play the blame game, the truth is some of these migrants will be sent to other states, including red ones, which Congresswoman Lauren Boebert warned about recently.
New York City is now paying to send illegal immigrants anywhere they want to go in America.
Rather than shelling out $300 million per month to shelter them, they’re shipping them out.
They’ll be coming to our cities, towns and everywhere else you can think of.
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— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) October 27, 2023