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According to a state source, New York taxpayers will spend $20 million a month housing migrants on Randall’s Island — or $10,000 per asylum seeker if the site fills all 2,000 beds.

The makeshift facility off Manhattan is one of four fully state-funded migrant shelters as part of a desperate effort to keep up with the tide of migrants that is pushing New York City to the brink of breaking point.

A well-informed source at the state told the Post over the weekend that the state is allocating $20 million a month to run Randall’s Center.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced last week that the Big Apple’s refugee crisis is expected to cost a whopping $12 billion over the next three years.

“We’ve exceeded our breaking point,” Adams said during a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday. “With more than 57,300 individuals currently in our care on an average night, that works out to $9.8 million per day, nearly $300 million per month and nearly $3.6 billion per month Year.”

Mega shelter for migrants on Randall's Island.
A new migrant shelter on Randall’s Island will house up to 2,000 asylum seekers – albeit at a high cost.

2,000-bed migrant shelter on Randall's Island.
The Randall’s Island mega shelter will cost state taxpayers an estimated $20 million a month.
Stephen Yang

Refugee shelter on Randall's Island.
The cost of migrant housing on Randall’s Island will be $10,000 per migrant per month when the 2,000-bed facility reaches capacity.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Gov. Kathy Hochul is grappling with the flood of migrants into the state.
Stephen Jeremiah

Refugee shelter on Randall's Island.
New York City has seen 100,000 migrants pour into the Big Apple from the US border since the spring of 2022, exiting the Big Apple at the “breaking point,” Mayor Eric Adams said.
Stephen Yang

As of spring 2022, approximately 100,000 men, women and children seeking asylum have arrived in New York City, more than 57,000 of whom are currently being housed in 198 shelters across the five boroughs.

The unprecedented influx has spread to the streets of Manhattan, where two weeks ago scores of migrants were forced to sleep outside Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel, which has been set up as a processing center.

But the move to use immigrant men on some Randall’s Island football fields has angered the local sports community – including even one of Adams’ own commissioners who has spoken out against it.

Vilda Vera Mayuga, head of the city’s consumer and labor protection department, circulated petitions to block the use of youth soccer fields for the mega accommodation facility.

Meanwhile, Hochul had vowed to add Floyd Bennett Field, a former military airfield in Brooklyn, to its list of state-funded emergency shelters — but White House officials Sunday refused to sign off on the plan, dealing it a serious blow.

Federal authorities said the plan for the field needs more scrutiny.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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