In the United States, states governed by the Republican Party are sending immigrants back home to cities governed by Democrats, including New York. Florida is one of the states expelling immigrants because it is governed by Ronald DeSantis, the candidate challenging Donald Trump for the party’s nomination.
For his part, New York Mayor Eric Adams is trying to respond to this influx of people. Unable to find housing for the more than 2,000 immigrants arriving in the city each week sent by Republican governors like Florida and Texas, Adams decided to take advantage of the situation.
$100 a night for those welcoming immigrants
As the mayor of New York has reported, the city will pay $100 per night to neighbors who welcome immigrants. “There are residents who are having a tough time, a result of economic challenges, and who have rooms and space available,” Adams explains.
Eric Adams said, “We can take the $4.2 or $4.3 billion that we probably have to spend and put it in the pockets of New Yorkers.”
Right now, the city is home to about 46,000 immigrants who have entered the country claiming political asylum and who have been processed and released by immigration officials.
Those who have entered through Texas are being sent by its Republican governor, Greg Abbott, to cities controlled by Democratic and African-American mayors.