Pregnant Venezuelan migrant recalls ‘traumatic’ trek to New York shelter

A 22-year-old mother-to-be has hiked more than 2,500 miles from her home in Venezuela to the US-Mexico border – and then boarded a bus bound for New York City in hopes of a “stable life” for her and her unborn child risen child.

Now her life is in limbo.

Veronica, who is six months pregnant with a baby boy, fled her politically torn home on July 22, enduring a 16-day trek to the southern border and then a three-day bus ride across America — all by herself.

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Veronica, an expectant mother from Venezuela, has encountered multiple resistance to leave her country.
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Migrants arrive in New York from Texas
Busloads of 800 migrants arrived in New York on August 8, 2022.
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“The journey has been very difficult,” she told the Post Wednesday at the Port Authority in Manhattan. “Because I’ve traveled through different countries, many didn’t want to let us through and for me, who is expecting a child, it was very difficult.”

The young migrant, who asked that her last name not be used amid fears of deportation, was among the hundreds of frontier workers shipped to sanctuary cities like New York and Washington, DC, by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as part of an ongoing political dispute Controversy over President Biden’s border policy.

“When I got to the border, I got basic medical care,” Veronica said. “They told me I was at risk of losing my pregnancy and might need to have an emergency abortion and of course that was very upsetting and so it was a very traumatic experience for me.”

The bus left Texas on Aug. 7 and arrived in the Big Apple three days later — one of 15 buses carrying around 800 migrants that Abbott has shipped to East Coast cities in recent weeks. The first busload of migrants arrived just days after New York Mayor Eric Adams declined an invitation from the Texas governor to visit the southern border to “see firsthand the dire situation there.”

“I want to build a life here in New York, a stable life for me and my kid,” said Veronica, who wore a white “I Love NY” t-shirt over her burgeoning belly.

But that hope is now on hold as she awaits an October appointment to apply for asylum at the immigration court — while hiding in a Manhattan homeless shelter.

She said she feared for the health of her unborn child.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott initiated the deportation of migrants to shelter cities such as New York and Washington, DC.
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The woman was told she could potentially lose her child and have an emergency abortion.
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“When I arrived, the [people] who emerged to provide such things as food and clothing [and] Water were groups of volunteers,” Veronica said, but support waned as she relied on the protection system.

“Beyond the physical space, I am not receiving any support for my soon to be born child. I’m still looking for ways to support my child – things like diapers [and] Food.”

The Texas Republican has called the Big Apple an “ideal travel destination” because the city is so generous with the homeless — a sentiment Veronica disagrees with.

Veronica said she was given little to eat at the shelter other than cans of tuna and ramen noodles.

She said the shelter also asked her not to give out his address, making it difficult to seek help from outside the system.

“What if I need extra help that the city can’t provide, what if I’m in pain and want to ask someone I trust to visit me? Now I feel like I’m not going to make it,” she said.

Veronica said she fled Venezuela in her third trimester because of the “crisis situation” in the economically devastated country in favor of the Big Apple.

“Taking care of my child and looking out for the best future for him – that’s really motivated me to travel here and look for opportunities here,” she said.

Jorge Muniz, a volunteer who has been lobbying for Veronica and other migrants who were brought into the city on buses, said City Hall is ignoring the situation awaiting migrants in the shelter system.

“I think it speaks a lot to the mayor’s priority that he showed up for a photo op and didn’t show up in a room like the shelter system to actually see for himself what’s happening where the migrants end up,” Muniz said.

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Mayor Eric Adams is working to bring immigrant students into New York’s public school system.
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Adams showed up at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Sunday to greet a bus carrying migrants, only to find many had gotten off the bus before it reached New York City.

Hizzoner has previously urged the Biden administration to “immediately send additional resources” to help the city “as we serve both a rapidly growing population in shelters and new clients seeking asylum.”

A City Hall spokesman said: “We continue to see people arriving from buses without access to adequate food, water or medical care and we will continue to work to meet those needs and to welcome all asylum seekers arriving in New York.” hot city with open arms.

“Dedicated DSS staff and non-profit providers work around the clock to provide adequate support and resources to the thousands of asylum seekers who have recently entered shelter. ” Pregnant Venezuelan migrant recalls ‘traumatic’ trek to New York shelter


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