New York City Mayor Eric Adams has a problem and that problem is migrants, lots of them. Far more than the sanctuary city that he presides over is capable of handling with more coming in on a daily basis and on Monday, he floated an innovative new idea that might not be as well-received as may believe.
With there being only so much hotel space available for the new arrivals and with it being extremely costly to put them up in such swanky accommodations, Hizzoner spoke at a City Hall news conference where he announced that local religious leaders had agreed to start assisting with the housing of migrants at fifty houses of worship beginning next month.
“As we continue to tackle this humanitarian crisis, I’m proud that through this new partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services, New York City’s faith community will be able to provide shelter to asylum seekers in need at houses of worship throughout the five boroughs,” he said.
But it was the mayor’s idea that private homes could also be used to deal with the overflow that is already generating controversy and making headlines as he suggested that landlords and homeowners could be financially compensated if they are able to find space for the poor and huddled masses that are pouring into the Big Apple.
“It is my vision to take the next step to this faith-based locales and then move to a private residence,” Adams said. “There are residents who are suffering right now because of economic challenges, they have spare rooms, they have locales.”
Government run Airbnb, anyone? Mayor Eric Adams suggests housing illegal migrants in private residences in New York:
“It is my vision to take the next step to this faith-based locales and then move to a private residence… They have spare rooms.” pic.twitter.com/14tnBBA0qh
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) June 6, 2023
“If we can find a way to get over the 30-day rule and other rules that government has in… place, we can take that $4.2 billion – $4.3 maybe now -that we potentially have to spend and put it back in the pockets of every day New Yorkers, everyday houses of worship instead of putting it in the pockets of corporations and some of those corporations come from outside our city,” he added. “We should be recycling our own dollars,” he added.
Needless to say, Mayor Adams’ provocative idea drew a boisterous reaction from Twitter users.
That sounds like a terrific idea. It will really allow New Yorkers to live up to the ideals of the whole “sanctuary city” idea. Who has an extra bedroom to share?
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) June 5, 2023
This is what socialism looks like
— James Bradley (@JamesBradleyCA) June 5, 2023
This is an outstanding gesture.
I’m certain the fine people of NYC and the suburbs would love 30-40k new roommates.
I applaud the mayor
— Andrew Glashow (@GlashowAndrew) June 5, 2023
He can start with his own house.
— NewsieOne (@NewsieOne) June 5, 2023
Many Democrats who support illegal immigrants should step forward and consider opening up their expansive houses and condos in rich who’re neighborhoods to provide housing for these individuals.
— DEL (@delinthecity_) June 5, 2023
This this is how communism worked for my family in Cuba.
You were allowed to stay living in your house, but strangers came to move in.
This is EXACTLY how communism works. All those rich progressives better be careful what they wish for!
— Rebecca V-Devoted Reality Believer (@RebeccaAVelo) June 5, 2023
That would be a HELL NO for me. Wouldnt care if I had 15 empty rooms.
— SusieK (@Suekusowski1) June 5, 2023
All Liberals now have the chance to shine! This is all you.
— Thomas Matthew (@latayprime) June 5, 2023
I understand the Governor mansion is nice.
— Wayne O’Brien 1776 (@WayneO361) June 5, 2023
Well, he can start by providing his home, then the governor’s home, and I believe many celebrities live there or have homes there too who can also provide their homes too. But then again I don’t live there so I don’t care.
— シ ⭐️ (@RF_SoTX_956) June 5, 2023
Works for me (as I don’t live in NYC).
Someone count all the spare rooms and send double that number to NYC. Two per room is fair.
Thank you to Mayor Adams and the Democrats who put him in office (and have spare rooms) for finally providing the sanctuary they promised.
— Don’t Be Ignorant (@dontbei) June 5, 2023
According to the New York Post, “Adams didn’t offer up specifics on how the plan would work – including how much New Yorkers could potentially receive per night to cover the cost of hosting a migrant. A spokesperson also did not respond when asked if the mayor would take in migrants at his home in Brooklyn. He did say, however, that the city would pay places of worship a nightly rate of about $125 for each asylum seeker – which is cheaper than the $380 it costs to put up a migrant household – including a family with kids or just single adults – in one of its shelter hotels.”
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