Migrants who are in the U.S. illegally and were sent to New York City from various locations after crossing from Mexico are now fleeing for Canada because they don’t feel very safe.
The asylum-seekers are heading further north, compliments of taxpayer-funded bus tickets, after they became fed up with crime in the Big Apple, the New York Post reported.
The report said that the state National Guard has been providing migrants with “free” bus tickets if they are looking to escape from New York.
The Blaze reports:
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.
“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,” Adams’ press secretary, Fabien Levy, told The Post.
Raymond Peña, who came into the country from Venezuela — not the safest place on the planet — told The Post that he was moving on to Canada to provide a “better quality of life for my family.” He added: “The military gave me and my family free bus tickets.”
In actuality, destinations for migrants are limited to strictly within U.S. borders, but that hasn’t stopped many of them from simply walking across Canada’s border.
The Post noted as well that some migrants on busses headed north towards Canada have torn up documents they received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Susy Sanchez Solzarno, a Peruvian native and mother of two, for instance, told The Post that she crossed over into Canada with her family after the saw a TikTok video of other migrants fleeing the United States.
“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 outlet as well that he was “kicked out” of a New York City hotel that was temporarily being used as an emergency migrant housing facility and moved 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.”