Mayor Blasted Over Decision to Give Illegal Immigrants Prepaid Credit Cards

( – New York City Mayor Eric Adams is under fire for his plan to give prepaid credit cards to immigrants amid a surge in illegal migration under the Biden administration. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has been quarreling with the federal government over its failure to secure the United States’ southern border, called the plan “reprehensible” and angering to everyday Americans.

The plan became public in the wake of an attack on New York City Police Department officers by migrants, footage of which went viral. The situation in New York is “outrageous,” Abbott said. Abbott added that the underlying cause of the problem is the Biden administration’s open border policies.

New York City is a so-called “sanctuary” jurisdiction for illegal immigrants, prompting Texas to send busloads of migrants to the city. The city is set to launch a $53 million pilot program to provide prepaid credit cards to migrants.

Migrants will only be able to use the cards at supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, and bodegas. Program participants must sign an affidavit promising to only buy food and baby supplies with the prepaid credit cards.

The city will distribute funds to the migrants based on family size and income. The program is intended to replace an existing migrant meal program, which provides families with approximately $11 per meal.

A spokeswoman for Adams’ office, Kayla Mamelak, said that the program could save the city more than $7.2 million annually. However, the city estimated last year that housing and caring for migrants could cost $12 billion over the course of three years.

Abbott is not alone in his criticism of New York City’s migrant policies. Rapper 50 Cent said that such policies lead him to believe that former US President Donald Trump might be “the answer” to the migration crisis. The rapper also urged Adams to call him to explain the program, which he said he does not understand.

It remains to be seen how far the pilot program will expand, given the costs and criticisms associated with giving prepaid credit cards to migrants.

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