• June 13, 2024

New York City Prepping To Hand Out Prepaid Credit Cards To Every Last Illegal Immigrant

New York City, under the guidance of the horribly misguided Mayor Eric Adams, is launching a $53 million program aimed at providing prepaid credit cards to illegal immigrant families who have recently arrived in the city.

Operated by New Jersey-based company Mobility Capital Finance, the Immediate Response Card program will initially benefit approximately 500 illegal immigrant families, offering them a credit card to cover their food expenses, as reported by The New York Post. This pilot initiative intends to replace the current food service provided at the short-term shelter established at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Mirroring the state’s food assistance program, the program directs illegal immigrant families to utilize the prepaid credit cards exclusively at grocery stores, convenience stores, and supermarkets. The cards will be reloaded every 28 days, with families required to sign an affidavit pledging to spend the credit card funds solely on food and baby supplies. Depending on family size, the monthly credit allocation may reach up to $1,000 for a family of four, according to information from the Post.

The Adams administration asserts that the pilot program will result in significant cost savings for New York City taxpayers. The government aims to extend the prepaid credit card initiative to cover all estimated 15,000 illegal immigrant families in the city.

Kayla Mamelak, a spokeswoman for Mayor Adams, stated, “Not only will this provide families with the ability to purchase fresh food for their culturally relevant diets and the baby supplies of their choosing, but the pilot program is expected to save New York City more than $600,000 per month, or more than $7.2 million annually.”

Presently, the city allocates approximately $11 per meal for illegal immigrants housed in hotels under the existing assistance program. Some of these recipients have expressed dissatisfaction with the meals, expressing a preference to cook their own food in their rooms.

This pilot initiative coincides with Mayor Adams’ continued calls on the federal government to take stronger measures to stem the influx of illegal immigrants into New York City. Despite Adams once lauding the city’s “sanctuary city” status, he now holds Texas Governor Greg Abbott responsible for transporting illegal immigrants to the city, leading to legal action against bus companies involved in their transportation.

In response to the ongoing crisis, Mayor Adams has recently made controversial decisions, including budget cuts to the police and education sectors. He argues that these measures are necessary due to the lack of federal assistance, asserting that without such aid, these cuts are merely the beginning of budgetary adjustments. Since 2022, over 150,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in New York City, taking advantage of what Mayor Adams characterizes as President Joe Biden’s lenient border policies.

Both Mayor Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul have consistently urged the Biden administration to do more to assist the city in handling the surge of illegal immigrants, a situation that city officials estimate will impose a financial burden of $12 billion on taxpayers over the next three years.

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