More than 100,000 migrants have poured into New York City since April 2022, overwhelming the government’s capacity to house and feed them. Many residents of the city and surrounding areas are growing increasingly resentful of the measures Adams has approved, from kicking wedding parties out of hotels to shipping migrants to suburban counties and even housing adult men in the gyms of actively-used elementary schools.

The latest flashpoint: The city’s housing of 3,000 migrants in a tent city on Randall’s Island, an expanse along the East River between Northern Manhattan and Queens dominated by parkland and recreational facilities. Taxpayers were already incensed over youth soccer fields and other leisure assets being converted to migrant housing — and then came news that the city is spending $20 million per month on the migrant mini-city.