Democrats in New York are launching a new initiative aimed at discouraging illegal border crossers from traveling to New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday that his office plans to distribute flyers at the Southern Border, cautioning illegal immigrants against heading to New York City. The initiative’s goal is to counter misinformation and inform illegal aliens that they should consider other cities instead of traveling to NYC.
These flyers will be available in both Spanish and English and will advise foreign nationals who cross the border illegally that New York City, often referred to as a “sanctuary city,” may not be the best choice for them. The flyers will highlight that NYC is one of the most expensive cities globally, making it more practical for them to choose more affordable cities.
The flyer also emphasizes that NYC cannot assist them in obtaining a work permit, and finding employment may not be easy. It specifically targets “asylum seekers” and clarifies that they will not be placed in a hotel.
This initiative is the latest effort to address the rapid influx of approximately 100,000 people who have arrived in the city since the spring of 2022, overwhelming its shelter system and posing financial challenges. The city currently spends $387 per day to provide shelter to each migrant and anticipates that the cost of caring for illegal immigrants will reach $12 billion by mid-2025, according to Bloomberg.
Mayor Adams has taken various measures, including providing tents for some illegal immigrants and relocating others to different parts of the state. Additionally, he plans to turn away new arrivals and deny them access to shelter or work opportunities.
New York’s Democratic Governor, Kathy Hochul, has also been vocal on this issue.
“If you’re going to leave your country, go somewhere else,” Hochul said in a warning to illegals.
Democrat Governor of New York Kathy Hochul to immigrants “We’re at our limit. If you're going to leave your country, go somewhere else”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 21, 2023