New York City Pleads for Federal Financial Aid for New Migrants

At an August 9 press conference, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams pleaded for federal financial aid for the city’s influx of new migrants.[1]

For fiscal 2023 the City spent $1.45 billion on shelter services for migrants and this June approved $2.9 billion for same for fiscal 2024, but already knows that will not be enough. The Mayor said it now looks like it will require $5 billion because the City had failed to include the new migrants now coming under the new Biden Administration’s asylum and immigration rules [2] and a 1996 federal law that requires asylum seekers to wait five months in the U.S. before applying for work permits.

Massachusetts is experiencing the same problem. Its Governor, Maura Healey, this week declared, “a state of emergency exists in Massachusetts due to rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving in . . . [the state] in need of shelter and services and a severe lack of shelter availability in the state.” She also denounced “a federal crisis of inaction” and asked for faster work authorizations. [3]


[1] Editorial, The Blue State Migrant Crisis, W.S.J. (Aug. 9, 2023).

[2] E.g., Biden Administration’s New Restrictions on U.S. Asylum Law Being Challenged in Federal Courts, (Aug. 6, 2023).

[3] Press Release, Governor Healey Declares State of Emergency, Calls for Support for Newly Arriving Migrant Families, Mass. Govt (Aug. 8, 2023).

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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