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New York and its Expenditure on Shelters for Illegal Migrants

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The New York health system has a budget of at least $90 million in shelters for illegal migrants, according to the New York Post. The spending has occurred due to the border crisis faced by Joe Biden’s administration.  

“NYC Health + Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz has approved $40 million in payments to the four-star Row NYC near Times Square and $28 million to the four-star Stewart Hotel across from Madison Square Garden,” the New York Post said.

The outlet added that, in addition, $20 million will go to the Watson Hotel on West 57th Street in Hell’s Kitchen. There, a group of migrants recently held a protest against their relocation. “And $5.8 million to the historic Wolcott Hotel on West 31st Street.”

The information comes just after the city’s mayor, Eric Adams, set up at least 83 hotels and 5 humanitarian assistance centers to house immigrants who have recently arrived in the city. The mayor stated that the assistance is being offered while citizens are processing documents and looking for work.  

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Adams explained that the hotels are of various categories, and media outlets, such as Efe, detailed that some “even have some luxury, such as the Holiday Inn in the Financial District, with views of the Hudson River.”

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In addition, Adams reported that at least 44,000 immigrants, mostly Venezuelans, have arrived in New York in the last 10 months. “Overcrowding public shelters, the city has had to resort to renting hotel rooms to provide them with shelter, as well as meals and legal services, among other assistance,” reported Efe, which was able to corroborate the authorities’ treatment of the migrants.

However, the Democratic mayor defended his policy in the face of the border crisis. “We continue to meet all of our moral obligations, serving those who arrive with dignity and care, but we continue to urgently need additional support from our federal partners, including a real decompression strategy to stem this influx,” the city’s mayor said.

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.