(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) New York City Mayor Eric Adams is sending thousands of illegal immigrants out to the city’s suburbs after President Joe Biden once again snubbed a funding request from the increasingly desperate city.
According to the Daily Wire, the city received less than a tenth of the funding expected from the White House.
City officials applied for $350 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to care for the illegal immigrants seeking asylum, and received $30 million instead.
“Let us be very clear: This is both disappointing and woefully insufficient for a city that has carried the cost of sheltering, feeding, and supporting more than 60,000 asylum-seekers in the last year,” said the mayor’s spokesperson, Fabien Levy, in a statement.
“New Yorkers have stepped up tremendously throughout this crisis and we look forward to working closely with our congressional delegation to remedy this serious mistake,” Levy added.
Immediately after receiving the news, Adams announced that Orangeburg and Orange Lake, two small hamlets north of Manhattan, will take on many of the illegals in order to provide some relief for the inner city.
The two affected districts are both considered to be political battlegrounds, unlike the adjacent districts to the south that are heavily Democratic.
Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny expressed her alarm over Adams’s plan to pass the buck to smaller communities.
“I agree that this calls for a federal, not a local solution,” Kenny said. “[T]o send these people to a location that is not equipped to meet their needs is a betrayal of that often-expressed desire by NYC to be a sanctuary for them.”
Adams has argued with the Biden administration for months, even saying that the president’s border policies are devastating the city.
“The city is being destroyed by the migrant crisis,” Adams said.
By the middle of 2024, New York City will spend $4.2 billion on care for illegal immigrants.
Cities along the border, such as El Paso, Texas, received the majority of federal funding.
The Department of Homeland Security opted to send $360 million to cities beyond the border as well, likely including New York.
“This first round of funding was focused primarily on the needs of border communities due to the urgencies they are confronting,” the department said in a statement.
“Several interior cities also received funding,” it added. “The City of New York received the most of any interior city by a significant margin given its challenges.”