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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 20:23 IST

New York's ever-expanding migrant-industrial complex a fraudulent scheme?

This week, Mayor Adams cautioned about the possibility of tax increases and the implementation of "extremely painful" cuts to city services.

Migrant waiting for a shelter.
Migrant waiting for a shelter. Representative image. | Image:Unsplash
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This week, Mayor Adams cautioned about the possibility of tax increases and the implementation of "extremely painful" cuts to city services. These measures are proposed to offset the funds directed towards providing shelter and sustenance for migrants.

Even more concerning is the apparent wastage of that money. Migrants express dissatisfaction with the delivered meals provided three times a day, including chicken Alfredo, beef enchiladas and specially prepared meals for specific communities, citing issues such as taste preferences or insufficient warmth.

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Every day, meals worth tens of thousands of dollars are being discarded into dumpsters. This is a disrespect to every family working hard to afford groceries.

On top of that the taxpayers are being charged exorbitant prices for these meals, whether they are consumed or not.

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The sole beneficiaries are those within the continually growing migrant-industrial complex advocates masquerading as benefactors while profiting from a crisis.

A company holding a non-competitive contract to house and attend to migrants has the authorization to invoice the city for each meal at a rate of up to $11 or $33 per day per migrant. This adds up to $3,960 a month for a migrant family of four. Which is four times the maximum a needy American family of four gets under Uncle Sam’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to reports.

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Following a court-mandated agreement in 1981 between New York City and advocates for the homeless, the city implemented and revised policies that currently dictate the obligation to furnish shelter and ensure "access to three nutritious meals a day" for every homeless individual.

Implementing this for individuals arriving at the city's borders from other countries is unreasonable and warrants scrutiny. Until then, complying with city rules does not require providing plates of meat and potatoes served up hot.

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The city's policy permits the issuance of vouchers or debit cards to migrants for payment at bodegas, fast-food establishments, and street vendors.

Migrants residing at the Roosevelt Hotel are observed bringing in bags of food, discarding the city-provided meals. Alternatively, the city could collaborate with prominent institutional meal providers.

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The existing meal service is a fraudulent scheme depleting the city's resources and benefiting the growing migrant-care industry.

Even prior to the migrant crisis, shelter operators were already exploiting New York taxpayers, as reported.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 20:23 IST

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