NYC’s Out of Control Migrant Shelter Crisis Must End
The arrival of more than 70,000 migrants from across the border in only a year is the greatest challenge currently facing New York City.
Some 50,000 of them are now in the city’s shelter system, forcing the Adams administration to open large congregate facilities and convert thousands of hotel rooms into shelters at a tremendous cost to taxpayers.
With the city paying $256 per night on average to shelter a migrant family and immigration-court backlogs stretching years into the future, a single family will set the city back nearly $100,000 in annual shelter expenses, not to mention the costs of providing security, emergency health care, and public-school education.
John Ketcham is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Daniel Di Martino is a graduate fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Ph.D. student in economics at Columbia University, and the founder of the Dissident Project, a speakers’ bureau for young immigrants from socialist countries. Based on a recent issue brief.
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