New York City is reportedly “struggling” to find housing for 6,000 border crossers and illegal aliens bused to the sanctuary city from Texas by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in recent months.
Since the spring of 2004, Abbott has been sending buses full of border-crossers and illegal aliens into New York City. New York City prides itself on being the largest sanctuary area in the country.
This operation is designed to alleviate Texas from the burdens imposed by President Joe Biden’s extensive catch and release system, where thousands of illegal aliens and border crossers are allowed into the United States each month.
According to officials speaking to the New York Post ,, the city has been “overwhelmed” by the recent influx of illegal immigrants and border crossings. Most notably, the city is reportedly “struggling” to find housing for about 6,000 of the new arrivals.
The Post reports:
Overwhelmed city officials are struggling to provide a promised intake center and hotel rooms to migrants being shipped by the busload from Texas to the Big Apple, The Post has learned. [Emphasis added]
The Department of Homeless Services acknowledged to The Post that it has abandoned its initial plan to operate an intake and processing center dedicated to the recent arrivals alongside a 600-room shelter at the ROW NYC hotel on Eighth Avenue in Midtown. [Emphasis added]
Officials would only say Sunday that they have finally selected a finalist to operate the yet-to-open Manhattan facility but would not reveal the contractor’s name or its location. [Emphasis added]
Migrants who crossed the border from Mexico into Texas walk through the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan after arriving by bus on August 25, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A bus carrying migrants who crossed the border from Mexico into Texas arrives into the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan on August 25, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Migrants who crossed the border from Mexico into Texas exit a bus as it arrives into the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan on August 25, 2022 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Already, it is behind schedule in opening the Manhattan facility for illegal immigrants and border crossings. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is promising to rent 5,000 hotel rooms in the city for the new arrivals in addition to the roughly 1,000 hotel rooms being rented by the city, has yet to follow through on that plan.
Instead, New York City officials are relying on the city’s homeless shelter system, which is currently packed to the brim with about 4,900 border crossers and illegal aliens. According to the New York Times , “the crisis is grave” in New York’s shelter system.
The Times noted that based on current trends, if the pace of new arrivals continues, New York City’s family homeless shelter population “would nearly double, to almost 60,000, up from the current 31,000” over the next year.
The issue is timely as New Yorkers are facing unprecedented housing and rent costs.
As Breitbart News reported, mass immigration to New York City has coincided with record high rents where a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan now goes for over $4,000. Median rents for one-bedroom apartments across all five boroughs have jumped 40 percent since last year.