Migrant crisis | Mayor Adams wants to slash asylum-seeker services by 20% to close budget gap

On the heels of making deep spending cuts across city agencies last week, purportedly because of the migrant crisis, Mayor Eric Adams’ budget office on Monday called for a 20% trim to “asylum seeker expenses” over this fiscal year and the next.

Budget Director Jacques Jiha made the request of the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations in a Nov. 20 letter to city agency heads laying out his office’s demands for the next round of 5% budget cuts that will come in January. The savings initiative would be the second of three rounds of 5% cuts Jiha first ordered from all city agencies in a September missive.