The vast majority of illegal aliens sent to New York City’s sanctuary city remain in the city’s homeless shelter system after arriving on migrant buses sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
Abbott has been busing illegal immigrants and border crossers to New York City, as well as the sanctuary jurisdictions of Washington, DC, and Chicago, Illinois, for months. Texas is saving billions by deferring illegal immigration to other cities and states that take pride in providing sanctuary to illegal aliens.
According to The City’s most recent figures, more than 11,800, or roughly 76 percent, of the more than 15,500 border crossers and illegal aliens who have entered New York City’s homeless shelter system remain in shelters.
Likewise, those leaving the homeless shelter system often do so with the help of taxpayer money from New Yorkers.
The City reports that in fiscal year 2021, just 1,800 single adults and over a thousand families exited the homeless shelter system without needing taxpayer-funded housing subsidies. Meanwhile, more than 5,200 single adults and about 4,120 families left the shelters with taxpayer-funded subsidies to provide them housing.
According to q New York Times analysis in August, “the situation is dire” for the city’s overcrowded homeless shelter system where, if the pace of border crossers and illegal aliens bused to New York City continues, the family homeless shelter population “would nearly double, to almost 60,000, up from the current 31,000” over the next year.
Last week, reports circulated that Mayor Eric Adams (D) and Democratic politicians requested $500 million in federal aid to house border crossers and illegal aliens bused from Texas.
Years of research show that mass immigration helps drive up the cost of housing and rent.
According to a study published in the Journal of Housing Economics back in 2017, “increases in immigration into a metropolitan statistical area are linked with rising rents and home prices in that metropolitan statistical area and neighboring metropolitan statistical areas.”
According to the most recent housing cost figures in New York City, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased by nearly 40% since the same time last year, and rent for two-bedroom apartments has increased by more than 46%.
The exorbitant rent increases come as the Biden administration’s extensive Catch and Release network has increased the number of border crossers and illegal aliens sent to New York City under the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program by 184% since 2020.