NYC Mayor Adams wants to send illegal immigrants to college for ‘free,’ taxpayers to foot $1.2M bill

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has come up with the brilliant idea of sending at least 100 illegal immigrants upstate to get a “free” college education that will eventually cost American taxpayers in the neighborhood of $1.2 million just in the first year alone.

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According to the New York Post, Adams intends to gift the illegal immigrants with 12 months of classes along with room and board in upstate Sullivan County.

The Democrat mayor’s brand new Office of Asylum Seeker Operations will oversee the pilot program. It will focus on resettlement and legal services, as well as a new 24/7 arrival center for asylum seekers.

The pilot program involves both SUNY Sullivan community college in tiny Loch Sheldrake and The Center for Discovery, a special education school in nearby Harris.

“The mayor’s office is giving us money for things like supplies for people to live on, and the dorms and food,” spokesman Michael Rosen of The Center for Discovery stated.

The program is slated to begin in the spring. The illegal immigrants will live on the SUNY campus. They will ostensibly learn English, American culture, and personal finance. Training will also include healthcare, culinary arts, and farming jobs.

“We’re hoping that they would find an interest in that work after the year is up, but they’re free to do whatever they want or go back to the city,” Rosen remarked.

If the plan is successful, the mayor intends to make it permanent.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) slammed Adams for “making a permanent welfare system for illegal immigrants in New York State.”

“By spending New Yorker’s hard-earned taxpayer dollars on college classes for migrants, he is incentivizing and rewarding illegal immigration simply to export the crisis of Democrats’ own making out of New York City,” Stefanik charged in a statement given to the New York Post.

According to the New York Post, City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R) commented, “I guess this is about as clear as we can get that the Biden administration is not helping us at all — and that it’s simply on us to set these people up for the rest of their lives in the US.”

State Sen. George Borrello (R) accused Adams of “essentially institutionalizing programs for people who are not citizens of this country and making them part of the welfare state.”

“New York City is trying to spread the burden throughout the state,” Borrello said, slamming the idea. “Adams has an accomplice with Gov. Kathy Hochul. They are basically covering for Biden’s failure to control the southern border.”

“[Hochul] is proposing tuition hikes for students who live here and now these same bureaucrats are going to turn around and grant free room and board because the elected officials from sanctuary cities can’t handle the influx of immigrants,” state Sen. Robert Ortt (R) railed, according to the New York Post. “No thank you.”

Rep. Nick Langworthy (R), who is also the state Republican Party chairman, called the move “outrageous.”

“Thanks to New York’s sanctuary policies, hard-working citizens are forced to foot the bill for posh hotels, college education, and flat-screen TVs for illegal immigrants when they can’t even afford these items themselves under New York’s crushing tax burden,” he said. “Secure the damn border and stop this nonsense.”

An internal memo from the New York City Office of Management and Budget shows that New York City will spend an estimated $4.2 billion on costs related to illegal migrants and asylum seekers through June 30, 2023, and the end of the fiscal year 2024.

Over 50,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in the Big Apple since April 2021. Many are being put up in luxury hotels with the bill footed by taxpayers.

Adams announced his blueprint called “The Road Forward” last week which seeks to address Manhattan’s response to the asylum seeker crisis. Proclaiming New York City as “a designated leader to resolve the national border crisis and coordinate all relevant agencies and entities, including those in localities where migrants settle.”

The mayor announced that he’s in talks with unspecified “cities within the state and across the country that are saying they want to help” resettle some of New York City’s migrants.

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