New York City officials are discussing whether to provide tents for new migrants and allow them to create encampments in public parks, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The Big Apple previously ordered that large tents be erected to shelter migrants. However, anonymous members of Democratic Mayor Eric Adams' orbit said that what is being floated now was more like a campsite.
While New York City operates shelters in hotels, converted office buildings, and even a former airfield, Adams has warned that the crisis will exceed their control without further federal assistance.
"Our compassion may be limitless, but our resources are not," Adams said during an August press conference. "This is the budgetary reality we are facing if we don't get the additional support we need."
"New Yorkers did not create an international humanitarian crisis. But our city's residents have been left to deal with this crisis almost entirely on our own," he added.
Adams said the city estimates it will spend $4.7 billion this year on the over 100,000 asylum seekers in its shelter system if it does not receive the needed support, Axios noted over the summer.
The outlet also found that New York City spent around $383 per night on each household in August and cared for 57,000 people, adding up to $9.8 million daily.
Last month, the White House revealed that New York state and New York City received more than $140 million in federal funding this year. The administration also said it sought to allocate an additional $600 million.
A recent Siena College Research Institute survey found that half of city voters disapproved of Adams' job handling the migrant influx.
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Luca Cacciatore, a Newsmax general assignment writer, is based in Arlington, Virginia, reporting on news and politics.
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