Kathy Hochul allocates $2.4 BILLION for NYC illegal immigrant crisis in new budget plan

Spending will help migrants get housing and work authorizations, according to Hochul.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has allocated $2.4 billion for the illegal immigration crisis in New York City out of the state's whopping budget of $233 billion.  

The 2025 fiscal year plan will add $500 million more to the $1.9 billion that was originally going to be planned for the immigration crisis 

Hochul laid out the plan on Tuesday morning after announcing the $233 billion plan on Monday.  

In the address on Tuesday, Hochul said, in addition to the original $1.9 billion, "I am proposing that we draw $500 million from State reserves that are intended for one-time emergencies like this. This will help manage the migrant crisis for a total of $2.4 billion." 

Hochul proposed that these funds will be used to help "put migrants to work" with work authorizations because "that's exactly what they came here for." 

Speaking about how the crisis has filled up housing in NYC beyond its limits, Hochul said, "At least 10,000... individuals and families are in New York City homeless shelters holding on to a Housing Voucher and they can't find an apartment." 

Hochul said that the state would uphold its "commitment to assist New York City in sheltering migrants." 

Lamenting the number of people who have left New York state just in the past year, Hochul said that they must accomplish the budget plan, house migrants, and provide work for them, all without raising income taxes, as it would cause more New Yorkers to leave, shrinking the tax base.  

The people who left New York have resulted in $6 billion in tax receipts alone, according to Hochul. "We could have used that money," she commented. 

When Hochul gave her State of the State address last week, she avoided the topic of immigration and said she would only review it with her speech on the budget plan. 

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