Isn’t That Nice? Eric Adams Wants to Send Migrants to College for Free
President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel billions of dollars in student debt has run into a few legal snags, but New York City Mayor Eric Adams has a plan to help some people avoid incurring student debt in the first place. Those lucky people are 100 illegal migrants who found their way to the Big Apple – bused or flown there by the federal government, or governors of other states, or arrived of their own volition.
On Thursday, Mayor Adams announced a plan to send recently-arrived migrants to college for a year at the State University of New York’s Sullivan Community College, fully paid by New York City. That’s $12,000 a year for tuition and room and board per student. The plan is the brainchild of the city’s newly-created Office of Asylum Seekers Operations, an agency that was formally announced on Tuesday. (Talk about bureaucratic efficiency!)
This would be the same Mayor Adams who estimates that his cash-strapped city will spend $4.2 billion in the next year to provide for the 50,700 (and counting) migrants who have arrived in the Big Apple since President Biden unleashed an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration. (For the record, that works out to $82,840 per migrant.) Adams has been pleading with the federal government for assistance to cover those costs, which he knows he’s not going to get.
New York City residents may not be thrilled with the idea. The city is facing myriad problems from failing schools, to rampant crime, to communities overrun by rodents since garbage collection has been cut back. And many New Yorkers are struggling to finance a college education for their own kids. Residents of Loch Sheldrake, the bucolic Catskill Mountain community where Sullivan Community College is situated, aren’t so keen on the idea either.
“It’s a nice, quiet town and we don’t know who these people are,” worries Raj Patel, who owns a local wine and liquor store and a gas station. “They could be criminals, they could be drug dealers. They have no documentation. It seems unfair to me that you give free housing and a free college education to people just because you need a place to put them.” Other townspeople expressed similar concerns.
When the tuition-free, debt-free migrants begin showing up Loch Sheldrake, Sullivan Community College will be partnering with the nearby Center for Discovery, where they will be learning English, American culture and personal finance. The Center for Discovery does not reveal its funders, but it is interesting to note that it was recently the recipient of a large federal grant facilitated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Between 2019 and 2020 (the most recent year for which IRS documents are available), the center’s revenues jumped from $1,149,541 to $6,804,465. But that could just be a coincidence.
A new report by FAIR, issued this week, finds that New York residents spent nearly $10 billion in 2022 to provide benefits and services to the state’s 1.45 million illegal aliens and their U.S.-born kids – a price tag that does not include New York City’s estimated additional cost of $4.2 billion for the new migrants. So, what’s another $1.2 million to send 100 migrants to college for a year, right?