(UnitedVoice.com) – The cost of President Joe Biden’s border policies is really starting to bite in solidly blue New York City. Over the last few months, the Big Apple’s homeless shelters have filled to the point that they’re overflowing, and the city’s migration budget is exhausted. Now, its liberal mayor is begging for donations to help cover the costs.
On November 17, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) gave a speech at a Police Athletic League function, and he took the opportunity to ask for help. Adams told his wealthy audience, which included many potential donors, that the city is facing an “all hands on deck” moment and can’t cover the costs of looking after the endless flood of migrants on its own. He said he’s facing a situation where “our philanthropic interests must align with some of the gaps and services that we are seeing,” meaning he needs money to pay for food and accommodation for illegal immigrants, if he isn’t going to make more cuts to city services.
In fact, Adams has already been cutting services. The day before his speech, he slashed the city’s services budget by 5%, so he could divert funds into looking after asylum seekers. According to the mayor, he’s trying to prioritize education for the city’s children but has been forced to make “real painful cuts” to deal with the migration crisis. Another cut will hit the NYPD hard; the next five classes at the department’s academy have been canceled. That means the NYPD’s strength is predicted to fall to 29,000 by 2025 — the lowest it’s been in almost 30 years.
The cuts are already facing harsh criticism. Councilman Joe Borelli, the Republican minority leader on the city council, said, “the defund the police crowd’s woke dream has come true.” He also blasted the level of migration, saying promises that the newcomers would be a benefit to the city have already been proven wrong. But if Biden won’t control the border, and New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) won’t help the city by taking migrants off its hands, what else can Adams do?
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