Migrants who are dissatisfied with life in New York City are heading north to Canada where many hope to find a better life with their bus rides being paid for by taxpayers in what could be an innovative solution to the Big Apple’s illegal immigration woes.
According to a New York Post report, National Guard troops have been assisting with the distribution of bus tickets at Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal to the migrants who are traveling upstate, with the final destination of many being Canada, a country where its leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been outspoken about helping poor and downtrodden foreigners.
“The military gave me and my family free bus tickets,” said Raymond Peña who arrived with his family at a gas-station bus stop in Plattsburgh, NY – around 20 miles south of the northern border – early Sunday morning. “I am going to Canada for a better quality of life for my family.”
A National Guard source confirmed to the outlet that soldiers at the terminal were “directing migrants to workers who hand out the free tickets.”
The Venezuelan native was one of several migrants quoted by the Post for its story on a “re-ticketing'” plan as Mayor Eric Adams is desperate to ease the burden on his city which has seen essential services stretched to the breaking point from the influx of migrants being bused from southern border states including Texas.
“Disgruntled migrants fed up with the Big Apple’s crime and grime are taking off to the Great White North — on bus rides paid for by New York taxpayers, The Post has learned.”https://t.co/PNIEdjgkyD
— Darshan Maharaja (@TheophanesRex) February 6, 2023
An unnamed City Hall source confirmed to the outlet that the Adams administration “pays various companies that run programs for migrants that include “re-ticketing” so they can travel to other cities.”
The source said that various nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities also assist migrants seeking to leave New York City.
A Catholic Charities spokesperson said that the organization has helped “thousands of new migrants” including those who “reported their desire to relocate to other cities, and Catholic Charities provided some assistance for their travel expenses.”
According to the New York Post, the source said that “Destinations are limited to within the US due to restrictions that prohibit the migrants from leaving the country while on immigration ‘parole’ pending the outcome of asylum proceedings.”
Word has rapidly been spreading among migrants that Canada is a welcoming destination with Trudeau having touted his country as having a “proud and longstanding tradition of welcoming people seeking safety.”
“Migrants routinely tear up their American immigration documents while traveling from Plattsburgh to the Canadian border, with The Post seeing scraps of paper with references to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the floor of a shuttle van,” the outlet reported.
“There’s gotta be 100 people a day,” said 23-year-old Tyler Tambini who works for a shuttle service that transports migrants from Plattsburgh, where the buses unload them, to near the Canadian border.
“I do this all day. They get dropped off and I take them the rest of the way,” he added, saying that the company that he works for charges the migrants $50 each for individuals and $90 for families as shuttle services compete with taxi drivers for business.
The paper accompanied “several groups of migrants” who took Tambini’s van from the gas station to a location “just steps” from Canada’s border and that after “trudging north along a snow-covered path and through a break in a concrete barrier, the migrants were stopped by Mounties stationed in an elaborate complex of metal sheds.”
“You have entered into Canada. You are under arrest,” a Mountie said. “Take everything from your pockets and put it in your bags — only ‘dinero’ [Spanish for ‘money’] in your pockets,” the Post reported, and that the migrants were then escorted up a ramp and into a shed for processing.
One of the migrants who made the trip expressed her dismay with conditions in Democrat-run New York City.
“I wanted to live in New York because I thought it would be a better future for my daughters,” said Susy Sanchez Solzarno, a 33-year-old native of Peru. “But as the days went by, I saw insecurity, many homeless people, many people who shout and are disrespectful, and many people on drugs.”
“I am going to Canada for the safety and future of my girls,” she added. “I only ask God that everything goes well and that Canada is not like the United States.”
Another migrant, 26-year-old Manuel Rodon, said he decided to leave after being “kicked out” of the Row NYC hotel, one of the places where migrants are sheltered with conditions being miserable as many act like animals with the once prestigious hotel becoming a “free for all” of sex, drugs, booze and violence.
Swanky NYC hotel becomes drug-infested 'free-for-all' as migrants refuse to relocatehttps://t.co/JAcKRsftuT
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 1, 2023
“A lot of the Americans used drugs there,” Rodon said. “I feel like Canada will be safer. It is a much quieter country than America.”
The news of the “re-ticketing” program comes as Mayor Adams has been increasingly vocal in pleading for the federal government to do something that would ease the burden on his city as a result of the new arrivals, last month Hizzoner traveled to the border city of El Paso for a public relations appearance to draw attention to the migrant crisis that has swamped NYC shelters amidst frigid winter temperatures.
On the ground in El Paso last night. This is a national crisis and we need a national solution. Mayors like @OscarLeeser and I are on the front lines and we need federal support. pic.twitter.com/MkD8xZelNf
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 15, 2023
Last year, Mayor Adams unloaded on Texas Governor Greg Abbott for his relocation of the migrants to Gotham, accusing the Republican leader of using illegal immigrants as political props and saying that the loading of them onto buses sent to his city was “inhumane, it’s un-American and it’s unethical.”
Neither the National Guard nor the state of New York is paying for the tickets, said a spokesperson for Gov. Kathy Hochul, referring the New York Post to the city for further information.
“At the request of the city, National Guard members have been deployed to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where they greet people upon arrival, answer questions and direct them to services, including transportation options that they seek,” the spokesperson said.
According to the outlet, “City Hall did not respond to questions about the cost of the ‘re-ticketing.’”
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