(SNews) – New York City’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams is moving forward with plans to fund “free” college for illegal aliens with taxpayer money.
According to a report in the New York Post, the first year alone would cost taxpayers around $1.2 million.
The newly created Office of Asylum Seeker Operations would oversee the Democrat mayor’s plan.
The first wave of the program will send at least 100 illegal immigrants to upstate New York for 12 months of all-expenses-paid college classes with room and board.
House Republican Chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told The Post that Adams is “making a permanent welfare system for illegal immigrants in New York state.”
“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,” Stefanik added.
In October, Adams declared a state of emergency for the Big Apple over the city’s migrant crisis, according to Fox News.
An estimated 50,000 migrants have been processed by the city since the spring and more than 31,000 are living at city-wide emergency shelters at a cost to taxpayers of around $4.6 million a day.
An internal memo from the New York City Office of Management and Budget, which was reported by the Post last month, states that the city will spend an estimated $4.2 billion on costs related to migrants and asylum seekers that would be spent through June 30, 2023, and the end of the fiscal year 2024.
Earlier this week, Adams launched a blueprint for dealing with the multibillion-dollar migrant crisis that includes resettlements outside the Big Apple and job training.