”Incentives, How Do They Work?”—Illegals In Eric Adams's New York Getting City Debit Cards Worth $1500 A Month
03/27/2024
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At Instapundit, Steven Green links to the story below with the words ”INCENTIVES, HOW DO THEY WORK?”

New York City begins giving illegal immigrants prepaid debit cards as part of $53 million pilot program
The first batch of debit cards were reportedly handed out Monday to a handful of migrants who recently arrived in the city
by Kyle Morris, Fox News, March 26, 2024 

The illegals in the pilot program are getting $350 dollars a week.

The program, which the mayor’s office confirmed will provide migrant families of four with two children under 5 with up to $350 each week until the end of their stay, began with a limited number of families on Monday and will expand to about 115 families, or roughly 460 people, over the next week.

The prepaid cards may only be used at bodegas, grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores. Migrants eligible for the program must sign an affidavit stating they will only spend the funds on food and baby supplies, or else they could lose access to the funds, Adams’ office said.

The only ”spend the funds on food” etc. is a standard thing with EBT cards to prevent welfare recipients from  spending welfare on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, etc. It’s widely evaded by selling the cards in a ”secondary market” for cash, or by buying expensive  foods and reselling them for fifty cents on the dollar.

By the way, Green at Instapundit says ”New York City has begun paying migrants $1,400 every month for food & baby supplies.”  It’s a minor point, but there are 4.33 weeks in the average month, so that should be $1515.50.

Texas sending the illegals north was a political stroke of genius.

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