Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Report: Eric Adams Plans to Use Taxpayer Funds to Send NYC Migrants to College; Lawmakers Blast Free College for Migrants While NY Students Get Tuition Hikes

E. McGregor, P. Ratje, Y. Iwamura, M. Tama, Q. Weizhong/Getty; M. Altaffer/AP
Report: Eric Adams Plans to Use Taxpayer Funds to Send NYC Migrants to College:
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) plans to send some asylum-seeking migrants to college for a year using taxpayer funds, according to a report.
On Tuesday, Adams unveiled his plans to establish the Office of Asylum Seekers Operations (OASO) in New York City. The office will “focus on resettlement and legal services, as well as a new 24/7 arrival center for asylum seekers,” per a press release.
The New York Post reported Friday that the OASA would oversee a pilot program, providing educational services and room and board, to up to 100 migrants for a year. They will attend SUNY Sullivan Community College and The Center for Discovery, a special education entity in Sullivan County.
“By spending New Yorkers’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars on college classes for migrants, he is incentivizing and rewarding illegal immigration simply to export the crisis of Democrats’ own making out of New York City,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told the Post.
The program could run taxpayers $1.2 million, the Post estimates, based on SUNY Sulivan Community College tuition rates for two semesters. However, the city has not disclosed the actual cost.
Since April 2021, some 50,000 migrants have arrived in the Democrat-run sanctuary city, with more than 30,000 still in the city’s care. Tens of thousands of migrants have lodged at one of 85 Big Apple hotels on the taxpayers’ dime, and landlords are raking in the benefits, as Breitbart News reported. --->REWAD MORE HERE
Lawmakers blast free college for migrants while NY students get tuition hikes:
Infuriated lawmakers blasted Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to make taxpayers send migrants to college upstate for free — especially while Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to sock SUNY and CUNY students with tuition hikes.
“[Hochul] is proposing tuition hikes for students who live here and now these same bureaucrats are going to turn around and grant free room and board because the elected officials from sanctuary cities can’t handle the influx of immigrants,” said state Sen. Robert Ortt (R-Lockport).
“No thank you,” the Minority Leader added.
Adams plans to provide as many as 100 migrants with 12 months of classes and room and board at the State University of New York’s Sullivan Community College in the Catskills, which could turn into a permanent program.
The experimental program alone could cost over $1.2 million.
At the same time, Hochul has proposed giving the state and city university systems the authority to boost tuition by up to 3% a year over five years for largely lower-income New Yorkers.
SUNY’s flagship research colleges such as Stony Brook and Buffalo could boost tuition by up to 6% a year under the governor’s plan. --->READ MORE HERE
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