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Adams demands $500 million for border crisis

Mayor Eric Adams is desperate for at least $500 million in federal funding to deal with the flood of migrants into the Big Apple – leading bipartisan critics to wonder why he is simply not asking President Biden to stem the influx to stop from Mexico.

City Hall privately asked the White House for the emergency money in mid-summer, saying it would cover just a year’s expenses for the migrants, which Adams said is pushing the city’s housing system to its “breaking point,” according to The Post has experienced .

More than 13,600 migrant asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since the spring, according to the city’s latest official estimate.

Discussions over the motion — which followed an initial public appeal by Adams in July — have continued since then, but the Biden administration has not provided a firm response to city officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The money would partially cover the $15 million monthly cost of running a new tent city in the Bronx that is soon to open in the lot at Orchard Beach Parking, a source said Friday.

A second tent city, which would cost the same amount to operate, is also planned, but its location has not been disclosed.

Migrants arrive at New York City's Port Authority Terminal after being dispatched from Texas by Gov. Abbot.
Migrants arrive at New York City’s Port Authority Terminal after being dispatched from Texas by Gov. Abbot.
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In addition to the money Adams wants from the White House, a group of Democratic House members led by US Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) has asked congressional leaders to provide $500 million for “New York City and other safe havens.” to add. in the 2023 budget of the Federal Agency for Disaster Management.

The money would boost FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program and help cities — which include Washington, D.C. and Chicago — cope with the influx of migrants sent there by Republican governors in southern states, sources in said a letter dated August 4 to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.

City Hall filed a $4.8 million refund request with FEMA in August, sources said.

The letter was signed by Espaillat and seven other members of the city’s congressional delegation, notably not including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) — who recently denounced migrant resettlement as a “crime against humanity.”

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) slammed Adams and her colleagues across the aisle, saying, “Democrats never waste a crisis asking for more money.”

“New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet. The cost of living has skyrocketed, inflation is crushing them and making it difficult for them to pay their bills,” she said.

“Instead of helping our citizens, the mayor is asking for $500 million for illegal immigrants instead of asking our president to secure the border and stop the madness.”

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City Hall privately asked the White House for $500 million in federal funding to deal with the influx of migrants.
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Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) also said Adams was throwing money at the problem rather than trying to solve it.

“President Biden, I’m a Democrat. Secure the border! build the wall Last but not least, it will prevent another terrorist attack,” he said.

“Dozens of terrorists are coming over. Our city was the most devastated by the September 11 attacks. Haven’t we learned that lesson?”

Former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, who last year helped expose the federal charter flights bringing unaccompanied migrant children to the New York City area, also called the Orchard Beach tent city “a symbol of abysmal failure.”

“It shows that the migrant problem is getting worse,” he said.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, RN.Y., incumbent of New York's 11th congressional district, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee meeting on Capitol Hill
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis blasted Adams for requesting funding.
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“Mayor Adams and other Democratic mayors who are whining about their inability to deal with the problem must focus their efforts on getting President Biden to close the border and enforce the laws.”

In a prepared statement, City Hall said, “For months, this administration alone has safely and efficiently provided housing, health care, education and a host of other services to more than 13,000 people, mostly from Central and South America, who are seeking a better life.”

“Because the number of asylum seekers arriving in New York City has grown exponentially over the past few weeks, we don’t have numbers to share yet, but we’ve spoken to the federal government about reimbursement, and they’ve said that they want to expedite our refund requests as they are deployed,” the statement added.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/adams-seeks-500m-for-border-crisis/ Adams demands $500 million for border crisis

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