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New York City to cut up to 15% of its budget to pay for illegal immigrant crisis — migrants to cost at least $12B
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New York City to cut up to 15% of its budget to pay for illegal immigrant crisis — migrants to cost at least $12B

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that there will be budget cuts of more than 15% to deal with the costs of a massive influx of illegal immigrants to the city.

With an estimated cost of $12 billion over the next three fiscal years, the city is scrambling to come up with ways to afford the crisis, as it appears to be unwilling to rescind its status as a sanctuary city.

Adams recently stated that the influx of migrants "will destroy New York City," as the Big Apple has completely run out of space to house the foreigners. "The is no more room," Adams said in early August 2023.

The latest budget cuts were said to “minimize disruption to programs and services," but "there will not be layoffs,” the New York Daily News reported.

From the current budget of $107 billion, there would be an initial 5% cut ahead of the city's budget update in November 2023. Without federal or state aid, this could result in another 5% in January 2024 and an additional 5% in April 2024.

The mayor also said he would impose yet another 5% cut in the following four years.

Some of these cuts could include overtime spending for the city's firefighters, police officers, and more.

Adams' budget director, Jacques Jiha, reportedly sent a memo on September 9, 2023, to the city's police department, fire department, Department of Corrections, and the Department of Sanitation, stating that each agency would be expected to cut overtime.

"The mayor will … issue a directive to implement an overtime reduction initiative for our city's four uniformed agencies (NYPD, FDNY, DOC/DSNY)," Jiha wrote. "These agencies must submit a plan to reduce year-to-year OT spending."

As well, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams released a joint statement with City Council Finance Chair Justin Brannan that said there simply isn't enough money to go around after the city has relied on federal COVID stimulus funds.

"There remains an urgent need for increased state and federal support to aid the City’s response to increased international migration," the statement began.

“Tens of thousands of people seeking asylum are arriving in our city at a time when we are already confronting a housing crisis, record homelessness, and the sunset of federal COVID stimulus funds. New York City cannot be expected to handle this on our own. The costs are considerable, and it is critical that the city receives more aid, while safeguarding funding that supports New Yorkers. The future of our city and its continued economic recovery relies on the investments we make into our communities and the essential services they rely on.”

Mayor Adams also recently referred to Texas Governor Greg Abbott as a "madman" for "deciding he wanted to bus people up to New York City."

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