New York City announced it will reduce its number of police officers and decrease its budget over costs associated with the city's migrant crisis.
The Thursday announcement by Mayor Eric Adams came as a surprise to many in the city dealing with growing crime.
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"For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces," Adams said in a statement. "To balance the budget as the law requires, every city agency dug into their own budget to find savings, with minimal disruption to services.
"And while we pulled it off this time, make no mistake: Migrant costs are going up, tax revenue growth is slowing and COVID stimulus funding is drying up."
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“Every day, millions of American taxpayer dollars are spent on costs directly associated with illegal immigration and the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border sparked by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ policies,” the House Homeland Security Committee interim staff report stated this week.
“Only a small fraction is ever recouped from the taxes paid by illegal aliens, with the rest falling on the shoulders of American citizens and lawful residents,” it adds.
The report found that Americans could pay up to $451 billion for migrant expenses.
The numbers in the report also noted that about 3.8 million migrants have entered the nation since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
The number does not include an unknown number of gotaways that have been estimated to bring the total to approximately 5 million.
The costs will certainly be on the minds of New Yorkers as they look ahead at the next election and deal with the growing number of migrants in the city.