According to a recent analysis from the Urban Institute, NY taxpayers paid $2.1 billion on a program to aid illegal immigrants, with a large portion of the funds going to landlords.
The Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) gave money to illegal immigrants that had been shut out of unemployment insurance programs because of their status as illegal aliens, was the focus of the Urban Institute’s report, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Landlords received a large portion of the funds.
There were two benefit levels available under the EWF: a one-time payment of $15,600, which according to CIS was received by 99% of recipients, or $3,200 for everyone else. Further clarification is provided by CIS: “Those with the lower sums did not have to fulfill a new set of conditions; rather, they just had less convincing applications.”
Landlords of illegal immigrants ended up with a large portion of the funds. “Areas where the Excluded Workers Fund Recipients used the Most of Their Money” is highlighted in one part of the Urban Institute research. It continued by stating that a large portion of the funds were utilized to settle past-due or unpaid rent as well as current rent.
While this was going on, CIS notes that “with a lump-sum compensation of $15,600 the state would be able to purchase one-way flight tickets (for several hundred dollars for the majority of the recipients, that were from Mexico or from Central America) and still have enough money left over to return the migrants that was involved to legal and affluent status in their homelands.”
“Consider what an immigrant from, say, El Salvador, where the yearly per capita income is $4,134, could accomplish with a lump amount of about $15,000.”
Rents have increased for Americans while illegal immigrants are supported by government money in New York. More than 30% of American renters’ pre-tax income goes toward paying rent.
The impact of widespread immigration on rent costs has been examined by Breitbart News. While rents increased by 3.6 percent annually during President Trump’s low-migration administration, they increased by 8.7 percent and 9 percent in 2021 and 2022, respectively, when a massive influx of almost 3 million migrants from the South entered the nation under President Biden.