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New York Flyers Tell Migrants They’re ‘Better Off’ Going to a ‘More Affordable City’

(Screenshot / NYC Mayor's Office)
(Screenshot / NYC Mayor’s Office)

By: Jake Smith, Daily Caller News Foundation

New York City has crafted new flyers to pass out to incoming migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, other cities and within the Big Apple, telling them they’re “better off going to a more affordable city.”

NYC started passing out flyers at the southern border in July telling migrants there is “no more room” for them in the Big Apple, but the updated flyers issue a sterner warning to incoming migrants that they will face incredible difficulties as the city’s resources “have been exhausted,” according to the mayor’s office. New York has seen the arrival of more than 110,000 migrants since early 2022 with 10,000 more coming in every month, and the city has spent billions of dollars trying to fix the crisis to little avail.

“New York City’s resources are exhausted,” the flyer reads. “You will not be placed in a hotel. NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world; you are better off going to a more affordable city. NYC cannot help you obtain a work permit and you will not be able to easily find work.”

New York state has spent more than $2 billion to mitigate the crisis as shelters have become overwhelmed and filled beyond capacity. Democratic NYC Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul have both warned the crisis will spiral further into chaos and requested the Biden administration to help them fix it.

The updated flyers being passed out at the border are meant to “combat misinformation” about the living conditions of migrants in NYC, according to New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom.

“We definitely do want to discourage people from coming here, so that we can pretty much deal with the 113,000 people that are in our system right now,” Williams-Isom said. “New York City is out of space.”

Despite both Adams and Hochul previously promoting New York City’s sanctuary status, both public leaders have publicly told migrants not to come to New York City in recent months. Hochul said last Thursday that incoming migrants need to “go somewhere else”; Adams warned New Yorkers in early September that the migrant surge is “going to come to your neighborhoods.”

Migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border are on track to beat the previous record of more than 2.3 million that were recorded crossing in fiscal year 2022. Approximately 181,000 migrants were apprehended by Border Patrol at the southern border in August alone.

Adams and Hochul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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