Many asylum-seeking migrants in New York City have decided to flee to Canada with taxpayer-funded bus tickets after becoming fed up with the city’s rampant crime, the New York Post reported.
According to the Post, the National Guard has been providing “free” bus tickets to Canada for migrants looking to get out of the city.
A City Hall source confirmed that Mayor Eric Adams’ administration had allocated funding to various companies and nonprofits that provide migrants with “re-ticketing” for travel to other destinations. However, the city did not comment on the cost of the re-ticketing, the Post reported.
Adams’ press secretary, Fabien Levy, told the Post, “As we have said since the beginning of this crisis, our goal is help connect asylum seekers who want to move to a different location with friends, family, and/or community and, if needed, re-ticket to help get people to their final destination, if not New York City.”
Raymond Peña, an immigrant from Venezuela, told the news outlet that he was moving to Canada for a “better quality of life for my family.”
“The military gave me and my family free bus tickets,” Peña stated.
While the destinations are limited to within the U.S. due to immigration “parole” restrictions for asylum-seeking migrants, that has not stopped waves of migrants from walking across the border into Canada.
The Post reported that some migrants, while on the bus headed toward the northern border, have torn up their documents from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Susy Sanchez Solzarno, a Peruvian native and mother of two, told the Post that she crossed into Canada with her family after they saw a video of other migrants fleeing the U.S. on TikTok.
“I wanted to live in New York because I thought it would be a better future for my daughters,” Solzarno said. “But as the days went by, I saw insecurity, many homeless people, many people who shout and are disrespectful, and many people on drugs.”
Manuel Rodon, a 26-year-old Venezuelan native, told the Post that he was “kicked out” of a New York City hotel, which was temporarily being used as an emergency shelter, and relocated to a homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
“A lot of the Americans used drugs there,” Rodon said, referring to the shelter. “I feel like Canada will be safer. It is a much quieter country than America.”
Rodon explained that he and several other migrants were given “free tickets” to leave the city and head to Canada. He noted that “all the information is on social media.”
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