Massie Handouts Announced For Migrants

To assist migrant families staying in hotels, New York City will launch a groundbreaking pilot program worth $53 million. The initiative, which involves distributing prepaid credit cards, aims to replace the existing food service for 500 migrant families housed at the Roosevelt Hotel.

The program, as reported by The New York Post, not only offers families the flexibility to purchase fresh food and essential baby supplies that align with their cultural preferences but is projected to save the city over $600,000 per month, equivalent to more than $7.2 million annually.

The prepaid cards, exclusively redeemable at bodegas, grocery stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores, come with certain conditions. Migrants eligible for the program must sign an affidavit committing to spending the funds solely on food and baby supplies. Failure to comply will result in the loss of access to the funds.

The value loaded onto each prepaid card differs according to the family size and income level. For example, a four-person household might get around $1,000 monthly, which is about $35 per day for food expenses. These cards will be topped up every 28 days to provide families with steady assistance.

To bring this ambitious initiative to life, New York City has collaborated with Mobility Capital Finance, a company based in New Jersey. Wole Coaxum, the CEO and founder of Mobility Capital Finance, known as MoCaFi, shared his excitement about the partnership and highlighted their dedication to broadening access to financial services for people who encounter obstacles to conventional banking solutions.

If the pilot program proves successful with the initial 500 migrant families, city officials intend to expand it to accommodate all 15,000 migrant families currently residing in hotels.

The influx of more than 150,000 migrants since 2022 has substantially strained New York City’s resources, particularly in finding suitable housing. Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to transport asylum-seekers to various cities, including New York, has further highlighted the challenges faced by border communities. Mayor Eric Adams has characterized the situation as a humanitarian crisis, estimating that providing food and housing for migrants will cost the city approximately $12 billion over three years.

Displaying a proactive approach to address the issue, Mayor Adams embarked on a tour of Latin America in October, aiming to dissuade potential migrants in Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador from making the journey to New York City. His message emphasized that the city had reached its capacity to accommodate additional arrivals.

While the prepaid card program has received support from local authorities, critics argue that such initiatives and New York City’s sanctuary policies may inadvertently encourage further immigration. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, a former WWE wrestler, and Tennessee Republican, likened the situation to offering free admission and complimentary refreshments at an event, stating that it resembles current immigration policies.