New York City is spending millions of dollars on contracts to clean migrants’ dirty laundry as it struggles to cope with the influx of people from its southern border, the New York Post reported.
The administration of Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has spent an unspecified amount of at least $11.6 million directly on cleaning services for immigrants. according to In the post. He also has $23 million tied up in a contract that includes laundry handling, staffing and security costs.
“Taxpayers are being taken by the cleaners,” Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossel told the Post. “There’s a tremendous amount of fabric we spend washing. That money should be spent elsewhere. That’s another reason we have to end the immigration crisis.”
“The state and the city are treating us like crap,” Queens Councilman Robert Holden told the Post. “We have to do our laundry. Immigrants have to go to the laundromat just like us.” (Related: Eric Adams says immigration crisis will ‘destroy New York City’)
The city did not dispute the laundry costs, the paper said. New York City Councilwoman Gail Brewer said laundry costs range from $1.50 to $3 per pound, but city officials said the average cost of their contracts is $2 per pound.
“It’s expensive. Everything is expensive,” said the mayor’s representative.
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— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) October 6, 2023
New York state spent $2.26 billion on immigration assistance in fiscal year 2023, the paper said.City projects to accommodate influx of immigrants will cost $12.2 billion by the end of next year, NBC 4 New York report.
According to NBC 4 New York, Adams asked the Biden administration for additional aid to help deal with the strain on the city from the more than 100,000 immigrants who have arrived since spring 2022.
A Siena College poll released on October 24 found that 64% of New Yorkers disapprove of the Biden administration’s handling of their city’s immigration crisis. according to In the post. About 4 in 10 New York City residents support building a border wall, the Post reported. report.
New York City distributed flyers at the border and in New York City itself in July encouraging migrants to go elsewhere.
“New York City’s resources are being depleted,” the flyer said. “New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world. You should go to a cheaper city.”
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