In 2023, New York City became a focal point in the nation’s migrant crisis, with the city accepting more than 95,000 migrants, a number that surpasses the combined intake of major cities like Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston.
The influx began after the lifting of Title 42 in May, a regulation initially extended during the COVID-19 era to curb cross-border transmission.
According to data from Syracuse University’s TRAC immigration database, from June to September alone, 41,277 migrants marked NYC as their preferred destination, subsequently receiving Notices to Appear (NTA) before an NYC immigration court.
In contrast, 15,416 chose Houston, 15,329 opted for Los Angeles County, and 11,081 selected Miami-Dade County.
NTAs are given to those caught entering the U.S. illegally, requiring them to appear before a judge who determines their future in the U.S. Those seeking asylum legally are also issued NTAs.
Reacting to the unprecedented numbers, New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated, “We have to let people know that if you’re thinking of coming to New York, we are truly out of space.”
Since 2022, NYC has seen an influx of over 116,000 migrants, with a massive 95,000 of those arriving just since January 2023.
The city’s response has been vast and expensive. Presently, the city hosts over 60,000 migrants across various locations, including 17 major humanitarian centers. Mayor Eric Adams expressed that the city has already spent 2 billion on migrant-related matters.
Adams said, “This beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with a $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles.”
In light of these challenges, Adams is vigorously seeking federal assistance. During his three-day visit to the United Nations this week in the city, Biden did not meet with Adams nor did he publicly address the migrant crisis.
Mayor Adams stated, “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 how New York City has done its part.”