As buses of asylum seekers keep arriving in New York City and Chicago, the two cities continue to hemorrhage money as they use emergency contracts to set up the infrastructure needed to tackle the surge.
Both cities have already spent millions from their own budgets as they look to care for the surge of asylum seekers, as conservative governors from southern states continue busing them north as a way to protest what they see as open-arms immigration policies by Democrats.
Chicago has paid at least $56 million to Favorite Healthcare Staffing to care for the more than 13,000 migrants who have arrived this year, according to an NBC 5 investigation that found nurses were making $135 an hour or more. A manager was paid $14,000 for just one week of work, and a nurse earned an eye-watering $20,000 for a week in December. Both invoices included overtime.
‘To see invoices like that are disgusting. They are outrageous and they are cause for an immediate investigation,’ Aldermen – Raymond Lopez told NBC.
Meanwhile, New York is currently paying three times more for contracted laundry services at some migrant shelters than it does at homeless shelters, according to a report by Gothamist.
Chicago has paid at least $56 million in just one emergency contract to care for the more than 13,000 migrants who have arrived this year, as conservative governors from southern states continue busing them north
New York is currently paying three times more for contracted laundry services at some migrant shelters than it does at homeless shelters
As the city struggles with about 60,000 asylums seekers under its care, Mayor Eric Adams has entered several emergency contracts to provide the migrants with clean linens and towels.
While the city usually pays 99 cents per pound of laundry at homeless shelters, it’s currently paying DocGo $1.50 per pound, HappyNest $1.60 per pound and Garner $3 per pound.
DocGo and Garner Environmental’s costs include other services such as security, food and medical, but HappyNest is solely for laundry services.
NYC’s emergency contracts that are now being reviewed by City Council, including a $432 million contract with medical services firm DocGo, which has been accused of mistreatment of migrants. Council members have expressed concern taxpayers are not getting the best deal as the city desperately signs emergency contracts.
Still, Chicago Democrats have said they are looking to New York to learn lessons on how to deal with the surge of asylum seekers.
This month Mayor Brandon Johnson quietly signed a $29million contract with a security firm to build migrant base camps.
The city’s deal with the controversial Garda World firm, signed last week, includes at least six locations across the city, with zones holding between 200 and 1,400 asylum seekers. It also includes bedding, laundry, showers, three meals a day and security.
Chicago has seen 13,000 migrants arrive in the city since August 2022, and the surge is expected to cost taxpayers $302 million by the end of the year.
The number of migrants who need shelter in Chicago has continued to increase in recent months, and city leaders have stated they will follow New York’s lead in turning different locations around the city into shelters for migrants.
‘We’ve identified multiple locations around the city that can be suitable to treat the family and individuals who are here by law, seeking asylum constitutionally and legally, to have a place that recognizes their dignity,’ Johnson said.
The migrant backlash is the latest debacle for mayor Johnson, who took over from his disastrous predecessor Lori Lightfoot in May of this year. He is proving to be no more popular than her, with fury at his mansion tax, crushing taxes on businesses and proposals like city-run supermarkets.
A migrant father from Venezuela changes the diaper of his 15-month-old son in the lobby of a police station
New York City’s migrant crisis is expected to cost the city $4.7billion this year. Above is a list of some of the landmarks that have been turned into emergency shelters as officials struggle to house nearly 60,000 migrants in the city’s care
Earlier this month Johnson announced he planned to move about 1,600 migrants currently living in police stations or at the O’Hare or Midway airport.
Garda World has faced backlash in the past over its projects in Denver, Texas and Florida. The company has previously offered migrant services, including detention. The firm was one of the finalists for governor Ron DeSantis’ plans to relocate migrants to Democratic-led cities.
Earlier this month Chicago Democratic lawmakers traveled to New York City to ‘bring back’ lessons on how to deal with a migrant surge in the Windy City.
Furious New Yorkers heckled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was leading their visit, outside the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, which has become the center of the migrant scandal in the Big Apple.
As the migrant crisis continues to worsen in Chicago, mayor Johnson has also faced backlash over a proposed ‘mansion tax’ on sales of homes of more than $1 million, as his administration continues to push higher tax on households earning over $100,000.
Hundreds were hidden behind this black curtain at Chicago ‘s O’Hare Airport, where asylum seekers have reported inhumane living conditions with families left sleeping on the floor for up to 10 days
The newly elected mayor wants to push a hike in taxes in order to fight homelessness in the city.
Johnson believes people that own properties worth $1 million in the third-largest city in the U.S. are ‘rich, and should pay if they sell those homes.’
He also wants to create city-run grocery stores to promote ‘equitable’ access to food after half of the city’s Walmart and Whole Foods stores closed.
Johnson’s new moves are set to help ‘repair past harms that have contributed to purposeful disinvestment and exclusion and lack of food access’ in historically underserved communities.
Meanwhile, the Windy City has suffered an 86 per cent rise in motor vehicle theft rates over the last year – from 42,512 incidents reported in 2022 to 54,983 so far this year.
Overall, this figure has rocketed by 227 per cent since 2019, when 35,711 motor vehicle thefts were reported.
Murder rates have also risen by 19 per cent over the past four years under the disastrous reign of the last Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, while robberies are up 30 per cent.