Sanctuary Cities Are Desperately Putting the Clamps On Shelter Programs

Jose Nino | Jul 9, 2024

Democrat mayors are beginning to reverse course on their policies to shelter hordes of illegal aliens in their sanctuary cities. They are currently rolling back these programs as communities have grown sharply critical of them and have had to incur massive costs to accommodate them.

New York City, Chicago, and Denver — all “sanctuary” cities for foreign migrants residing illegally in the US — have moved forward with policy changes for their migrant shelters in the last few months in light of mounting financial costs in dealing with those migrants. According to a Daily Caller report, taxpayers in these cities have forked over north of $1 billion to shelter and feed hundreds of thousands of migrants in the past several years.

“Never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared back in a September 2023 town hall, decrying how NYC was being flooded with up to “10,00 migrants a month” at that juncture.

“This issue will destroy New York City,” he added. “Every community in this city is going to be impacted. We have a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut – every service in this city is going to be impacted.”

NYC has received 200,000 migrants since the start of 2022, per city officials. The influx of migrants compelled Adams to kick off 5% budget cuts in September 2023 for government programs and services in order to pay for their housing accommodations and other services. In August, he subsequently said that the city was reaching a “breaking point” from the sheer number of migrants.

In the fiscal year of 2023, NYC spent $1.45 billion on illegal alien invaders. The rising financial costs eventually compelled NYC to start putting constraints on shelter stays.

Migrants living in shelters were instructed to leave after 30 days with no power to apply for shelter again.

However, exceptions for medical conditions or “extenuating circumstances” were granted, per a decree from Adams in March. Migrants below the age of 23 were given 60 days to stay in the shelter system, with exceptions being made for migrant families.

Adams was the first of prominent city mayors to announce a change in migrant shelter policy.

“It is an unsustainable mission because we don’t have support from Congress,” Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a June press conference when defending his office’s move to start kicking illegal aliens out of taxpayer-funded shelters. “Congress, of course, refuses to respond to President Biden’s leadership and they refused to enact real substantive immigration reform policy, because that’s really what we need.”

Chicago has received 43,000 migrants since August 2022 and has thus far dropped $150 million to feed and provide shelter to them, per a report by the Chicago Tribune. Because of this and other grandiose forms of fiscal spending, the city was staring down the barrel of a $538 million budget shortfall, with $200 million of it directly connected to the migration crisis.

As a response to this fiscal crisis, the city enacted a new 60-day shelter policy for the majority of adult migrants, compelling many of them to head elsewhere. Around 1,000 migrants had been expelled from the shelter system by the middle June, per local reports.

The Denver metropolitan area has received over 42,000 migrants from Central and South America since December 2022, per the Common Sense Institute. The organization projects that Denver taxpayers and other local organizations have forked up to $340 million to feed, provide clothing and shelter, and supply other services to them.

Earlier in 2024, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced steep budget cuts in order to allocate sufficient money for migrant services, with a $8.4 million decrease from the city’s police department and a $2.5 million decrease in funding to the fire department.

As a response to sharp budget cuts and criticism from the community, Denver announced the closing of four different migrant shelters, which ended up saving the city tens of millions of dollars, per a report by Axios.

Overall, sanctuary cities across the US are facing the harsh realities of the very policies they promote. This is just desserts for promoting an explicitly anti-American agenda. Nevertheless, order has to be restored across the US on immigration matters.

The US can’t afford to continue its mass migration experiment if it wants to remain a cohesive civilization.