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NYC mayor considers enforcing a curfew for migrant shelters as shoplifting and crime increases

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams is reportedly considering enforcing a curfew at homeless shelters due to complaints, specifically, about migrants. Inhabitants are complaining that migrants shoplift and wander neighborhoods begging for money.

Neighbors who live near the tent shelters in Brooklyn have complained about migrants panhandling and going door-to-door begging for food and clothes.

Additionally, reports of crimes around the shelters, including a fatal stabbing at a tent city on Randall’s Island over the weekend, have raised public safety concerns, the New York Post reported.

The Post quoted Brooklyn resident David Fitzgerald, who described the situation in his Marine Park neighborhood as an “invasion.”

“The Adams administration is considering the plan as the ‘sanctuary’ city continues to wrestle with the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers arriving amid a historic surge along the U.S.-Mexico border”, the New York Post reported.

The issue came up during a closed-door briefing with local elected officials. Adams administration officials were asked directly about whether they are considering a curfew at the city’s migrant shelter facilities which are currently housing nearly 70,000 asylum seekers.

Queens Councilwoman Joann Ariola noted that New York City’s migrant shelters are not subject to the curfews that traditional NYC Department of Homeless Services shelters require.

“I think a curfew should be set because homeless people [staying in NYC shelters] have curfews,” Ariola, a Republican, told the Post. “If it’s good enough for homeless New Yorkers it’s good enough for migrants.”

“I see them sitting outside stores … outside the mall and going around to all the houses in the neighborhood, knocking on the door looking for money,” he told the newspaper.

During Thursday’s City Council meeting, Adams administration officials said they are considering the curfew as well as looking at installing metal detectors at migrant shelters but didn’t elaborate further.

The Center Square reports on the specifics of the Big Apple’s migrant crisis:

New York City has seen an influx of more than 130,000 migrants over the past year and has spent more than $1 billion on housing and other needs for migrants. Adams has proposed deep budget cuts to cover those costs, estimating that the city will spend upwards of $10 billion over the next couple of years.

This week, the Adams administration began issuing eviction notices to more than 2,000 migrants who overstayed the city’s 60-day limit on emergency shelter.

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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