Six buses filled with migrants from Texas arrived at the Port Authority on Saturday as the city’s protection system neared breaking point.
Men, women and children who boarded buses in El Paso poured out at the bus station, many saying they were from Venezuela.
“We stopped to eat, but not many people had money to buy food. I’m so, so hungry,” said Gustavo Pacheco, 35, who was waiting for relatives from New Jersey to pick him up.
Pacheco wore an American flag T-shirt that read “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” along with broken plastic sandals, his swollen feet were covered with bug bites. He said it took a month to get from Venezuela to the US border and then a two-day bus ride to the Big Apple.
Jan Romero, 35, also from Venezuela, said relatives from New York would come to pick him up. He took off his sneakers to show how his feet were cut after three days of crossing a river.
“I’m excited about all the opportunities here,” said Romero. “I plan to work. I’m a really good car mechanic.”
Another asylum seeker said he had no family in New York and didn’t know why he was here.
A young boy with an oversized backpack got off the bus with a big smile on his face and waved to reporters.
Power Maul, along with the non-profit Artists Athletes Activists, lifted the boy off the bus and greeted the other migrants. He said he wanted everyone to know they were welcome in the Big Apple, but acknowledged the challenges.
“We know we have a huge homelessness problem here in New York City anyway. Hopefully this will shed some light on an already broken protection system,” Maul said.
A man verbally abused the migrants and shouted, “There are many people in need of help who are sleeping on the streets. We don’t need any more people out here. Help people here who are on the streets here in New York.”
He was quickly taken away by police officers.
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Some of the new arrivals were taken to an animal shelter in the Bronx on an MTA bus.
The migrants were bused to New York by both El Paso officials — under an apparent agreement between Democratic Mayor and NYC Mayor Adams — and GOP Texas, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whom Adams has criticized brought. An estimated 8,000 migrants have poured into the Big Apple in recent weeks.
The El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management has been sending charter buses here since August 23. More than 1,000 migrants have flooded El Paso since non-profit shelters in the area filled up earlier this month, according to a report.
The El Paso City Council signed a $2 million deal Monday with a charter bus company to get the migrants out faster, El Paso Matters reported.
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