- New York City has welcomed more than twice as many migrants than Los Angeles, Miami and Houston since Title 42 was lifted in May after the pandemic
- The migrants were handed Notices to Appear ( NTA ) in front of an immigration court in the city, which has a legal obligation to shelter those who arrive
- New York City Mayor Eric Adams has pleaded for state and federal aid as it is estimated the migrant crisis will cost the city $12billion over the next three years
New York City has taken in at least 95,000 migrants so far in 2023 despite its clear struggles dealing with the huge influx.
The city has welcomed more than twice as many migrants than Los Angeles, Miami and Houston since Title 42 was lifted in May following the end of the pandemic.
A total of 41,277 people listed New York City as their destination when they crossed the border into the US, according to data from Syracuse University’s TRAC immigration database.
They were handed Notices to Appear (NTA) in front of an immigration court in the city, which has a legal obligation to shelter those who arrive.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has pleaded for state and federal aid as it is estimated the migrant crisis will cost the city $12billion over the next three years.
The Big Apple has taken in more than double the amount of migrants than the next most-popular cities.
Houston was listed as the destination for 15,416 people, while 15,329 documented that they were heading to Los Angeles County and 11,081 made their way to Miami-Dade County since May.
NTAs are issued to migrants who cross the border illegally and it summons them to appear in front of a judge who decides whether they will stay in America or be deported.
All migrants who are released back into the US legally to pursue an asylum claim are given the document.
The data was collected by the TRAC database and highlights how many people are crossing the border and where they are going.
Around 95,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since the start of the year with over 60,000 still in the city’s care across 210 sites.
It has been struggling to deal with the influx of migrants coming in since April 2022.
New York is a Right to Shelter state and is required to house the asylum seekers but shelters have filled up at an astronomical rate, leaving many to sleep on the sidewalks throughout Manhattan.
A variety of famous landmarks such as hotels have been turned into makeshift shelters and temporary housing as short-term solutions.
Mayor Adams has begged for funds to deal with the crisis and called on President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency on August 9.
He urged the White House to accelerate a path to employment for asylum seekers to help with the issue.
Earlier this week New York Governor Kathy Hochul insisted the city was ‘at capacity’ and could not handle any more migrants.
She said: ‘We have to get the word out, that when you come to New York, you’re not going to have more hotel rooms, we don’t have capacity.
‘So we have to also message properly that we’re at a limit – if you’re going to leave your country, go somewhere else.’
Mayor Adams has claimed migrants have already cost the city $2billion and he is still urging the federal government to provide the city with funds.
But despite Biden being in the city for three days to visit the United Nations this week, he failed to meet him.
‘This beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with a $2billion that we spent already, $5billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12billion in the next two budgetary cycles,’ Adams said on Tuesday.
‘New York doesn’t deserve this, the asylum seekers don’t deserve this.
‘And so while he’s here, I think that they should really reflect on, New York City has done its part.’
The migrant crisis erupted after Title 42, a Covid law used to keep potential carriers of the virus from crossing border, was lifted by President Biden.
Under Title 42, migrants were returned over the border and denied the right to seek asylum.
US officials turned away migrants more than 2.8 million times. Families and children traveling alone were exempt.