Headline RoundupFebruary 21st, 2024

How Much Money Will Migrant Families Get Under New NYC Debit Card Plan?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

New York City will soon partner with Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi) to give prepaid debit cards to migrant families, potentially replacing its system of providing non-perishable food boxes to the thousands of families currently housed in its hotels.

The Details: Five hundred families will get cards as part of the program, which is expected to cost $53 million. Cards will reportedly be limited to bodegas, supermarkets, grocery, and convenience stores. New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said each migrant will receive "around $13 a day" on their card.

Key Quotes: The program will "save us in the area of $7.2 million a year," Adams said. "I do see from the release it will be for diapers and baby products and food, but you have to be careful that that's what it's actually going to be for," Councilmember Gale Brewer (D) said. Councilmember Joseph Borelli (R) said it's "only going to lead to more migrants coming" to the city.

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated sources covered the news more than left-rated sources did. Outlets across the spectrum highlighted questions about MoCaFi, its credentials, and why the city decided to partner with it. Newsweek (Center bias) highlighted how each migrant may receive more monthly than the monthly $291 offered to single households on the city's SNAP program. Associated Press (Lean Left) highlighted "false claims about the type of aid participants will receive." A New York Post Opinion (Right) writer said migrants will get money "with no ID check, no restrictions and no fraud control."

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