Eric Adams demands $1 billion from Biden as swarm of New York migrants swells to 30,000

Mayor Eric Adams has asked the federal government for $1 billion to deal with the influx of migrants who have poured into the Big Apple this year – but the cost was calculated when the population was far less than it is now and before a judge ruled to open the floodgates on the southern border, The Post has learned.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed Wednesday that the National Board of its Emergency Food and Shelter Program has received the city’s application for funding and is “reviewing its application.”

But FEMA “does not share information about pending applications and only shares award amounts upon approval of the application,” a spokesman said in an email.

Adams first skyrocketed the $1 billion price tag for providing shelter and other services when he declared a state of emergency in the city over the migrant crisis in October. The city’s estimated migrant population at the time was around 17,400.

By Sunday, that number had risen to more than 30,300, with over 20,900 living in taxpayer-funded shelters, according to City Hall.

The migrant population threatens to explode further if a pandemic-related immigration restriction known as “Title 42” is lifted December 21, based on a decision by federal judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, DC, who said it was illegally imposed by the former president donald trump

That ruling was appealed by President Biden’s administration, with 19 Republican-led states also filing an emergency motion Monday to stay the judge’s order.

Migrants arrive at the New York City Port Authority terminal after being dispatched from Texas by Gov. Abbot.
Migrants arrive at the New York City Port Authority terminal after being dispatched from Texas by Gov. Greg Abbot.
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The administration fears the number of border crossings could rise to 14,000 a day and is considering a five-month ban on asylum-seekers entering the country illegally or arriving at ports of entry without permits, Axios reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

The projected figure would almost double the average 7,442 daily “encounters” recorded by US Customs and Border Protection in October, the latest month for which statistics are available.

In the hard-hit border town of El Paso, Texas — which has brought more than 10,700 unwanted migrants to New York City — officials last week predicted daily arrivals there would surge from 1,700 to as many as 2,380.

A Homeland Security Intelligence memo obtained by CNN on Wednesday also warned that an end to the policy would “likely increase migrant flows immediately” as hordes of people are expected to camp along Mexico’s northern border get to the US.

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Eric Adams originally pushed the price tag to $1 billion when he declared a state of emergency over the migrant crisis in October.
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City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said repealing Title 42 “would present the Biden administration with a liberal conundrum.”

“They will have no tools to enforce the border, nor will they have political capital within their own party to change policy,” he said.

“The FBI will have even fewer opportunities to stop people at the border. They will find their way here.”

Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella also said the end of Title 42 was “not good for the City of New York.”

“You just have to put an iPhone at the border and see the crossings daily, and many of these people end up being supported by New York taxpayers — and there’s no end in sight,” he said.

“Unless someone comes to the rescue, New York City taxpayers will be on the hook for the foreseeable future.”

City Hall said it was “monitoring the situation closely with our state and federal partners,” but declined to say whether officials had assessed the potential impact on the city of lifting the order and how it could increase the burden on taxpayers.

Meanwhile, a post-analysis of the city’s records showed officials have so far released less than $100 million in spending on the migrant crisis.

This includes $23.5 million for family shelters at Manhattan’s NYMA Hotel near the Empire State Building, $12 million for additional family shelters in Queens, and $8.2 million for translation services.

The information was contained in contracts filed with the city’s tax office and notices filed in the city register.

But officials have refused to reveal the total price for Adams’ controversial tent cities at Orchard Beach in the Bronx and Randall’s Island – with the former never opening and the latter remaining underutilized for just a few weeks.

Partial costs were uncovered by Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol, who said it cost a total of about $650,000 to “demobilize Orchard Beach” and rebuild the facility on Randall’s Island.

Officials have also refused to say which hotels responded to the city’s request for 5,000 hotel rooms at the height of the migrant crisis, or how much those rooms cost — an expense the Post has estimated at $300 million. Eric Adams demands $1 billion from Biden as swarm of New York migrants swells to 30,000


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