According to the New York Post, around 8,000 asylum seekers have been bussed from Texas to New York City since May. Of those 8,000, around 1,500 are students who have been enrolled in our school system. With enrollment numbers — and thus the budget —down in NYC schools, these 1,500 students will ultimately bring in around $19.1 million in additional funding. Keep in mind, schools won’t even see these funds until the 2023-24 school year. Many of the families have been temporarily placed in homeless shelters and received school supplies in addition to the help enrolling them in school. While some argue that the funding is not enough to support the additional services these children might need, Chancellor Banks said that the families have made an, “incredible journey to a city that for many represents hope, opportunity, and a chance to make a new life.”
Those interested in donating to newly arrived asylum seekers, migrants, and immigrants can drop off toiletries and hygiene items, new and packaged clothing, and other items through the Manhattan Borough President’s office. The two locations are:
431 West 25th Street
Monday-Friday 10 to 5 p.m.
1 Centre St. 19th floor (south side)
Monday-Friday 9 to 5 p.m.