New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that the city is going to distribute fliers at the southern border that it hopes will convince the thousands of migrants crossing the border every day to pick a different destination.
“We have no more room in the city,” Mayor Adams said at a press conference.
According to the New York Times, more than 90,000 migrants have arrived in the city since 2022, with nearly 55,000 remaining in the city’s care.
The Times reported that the fliers, available in Spanish and English, describe the high cost of housing and food in New York City.
The fliers also have an illustration of the U.S. map with arrows pointing toward South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and three other states.
The cost of caring for the migrants, according to the city, could rise to as much as $4 billion per year.
Cities in southern Maine have faced a similar problem since 2019. With waves of jobless, homeless migrants unexpectedly showing up in Portland, South Portland, and the surrounding cities, the cities’ social services have been stretched to the breaking point.
Unlike New York City, however, Maine’s cities have yet to develop a strategy for discouraging migrants to come to the state.