Second migrant commits suicide at New York-run shelter as border crisis rages

A second migrant who entered New York City from the southern border and was staying at a city-run shelter has committed suicide, city officials told the Post.

The 26-year-old man was found in a bathroom at the Queens shelter last week and was pronounced dead after being rushed to an unnamed hospital, NBC 4 reported on Monday.

Sources told the outlet he likely arrived in the Big Apple along with a child and the teen’s mother from Venezuela.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking tragedy and we are working closely with the family to support them at this incredibly difficult time,” said a spokesman for the city’s social services department.

“These families come to New York City after months of harrowing journeys, in some cases still reeling from the trauma they experienced along the way. Our ongoing efforts and inter-agency coordination to connect these families and individuals with mental health supports , while we help them stabilize their lives in a new country.”

The agency would not confirm any further details related to the incident.

It is the second known migrant suicide after officials confirmed a mother of two took her own life earlier this year at the Hollis Family Shelter in Queens.

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The 26-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to an unnamed hospital.
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Authorities believe the man is from Venezuela.
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Migrants from Del Rio, Texas arrive at the Port Authority of Manhattan, New York, on December 19, 2022.
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Nearly 200 more migrants poured into the Big Apple from Texas on Monday as officials braced for the tidal wave expected to accompany the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions on America’s southern border.

The city has already taken in over 31,000 migrants and officials expect more than 1,000 new arrivals each week when Title 42 is lifted later this week, as expected.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five counties, you can call or walk to the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/19/second-migrant-commits-suicide-in-nyc-run-shelter-as-border-crisis-rages/ Second migrant commits suicide at New York-run shelter as border crisis rages

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