New York City is paying for bus tickets to the Canadian border for migrants who want to flee the Big Apple. The New York Post not only reported on the issue Sunday night, but they also confirmed it with top government officials.
Seems southern border states like Texas, frustrated with the flood of people coming across the Mexican-American border, have been sending busloads of people to progressive sanctuary cities. It’s a move that’s attracted widespread criticism from people saying it shows Texas doesn’t care about the plight of migrants and is inhumane.
Now it turns out N.Y.C. is doing the same thing by passing the problem on to Canada.
“Mayor Eric Adams’s administration pays various companies that run programs for migrants that include ‘re-ticketing’ so they can travel to other cities, a City Hall source said,” the Post reported Sunday.
As busloads of people from Texas arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, National Guard soldiers direct the people coming off the buses to those handing out the free tickets that will take them to Canada.
“The military gave me and my family free bus tickets. I am going to Canada for a better quality of life for my family,” Raymond Peña told the Post.
Peña travelled north to the United States from Venezuela and then was transported to N.Y.C. Once in N.Y.C. he was given a bus ticket to Plattsburgh, NY, about 38 kilometres from the Canada-U.S. border.
Anyone who has followed the issue at Roxham Rd. over the past five years knows what comes next. The buses from N.Y.C. are met by cab companies who then take their passengers to the dead-end place where last year more than 39,000 people crossed into Canada illegally.
“There’s gotta be 100 people a day,” driver Tyler Tambini, 23, told the Post. “I do this all day. They get dropped off and I take them the rest of the way.”
The New York Post isn’t the first media outlet to follow migrants from N.Y.C. to the border, documenting the small but booming industry of cab and van drivers waiting to take passengers from Plattsburgh to the border. This has been well documented over the years even if many in Canada, especially the media, want to ignore this aspect of the story or downplay it.
As for the driver’s claim that there must be 100 people a day, that would be an understatement. Over the last year, most months saw more than 100 people per day over average and in December, 4,689 people crossed into Canada illegally for a daily average of 151 per for the last month of 2022.
Now we have proof that New York City, under Adams, a Democrat, is paying bus fare for people to come to Canada. Will Adams be denounced as heartless or cruel by Canada’s progressives?
What’s really shameful is that the people being offered tickets likely aren’t being told the whole truth. Are they told that crossing at Roxham Rd. is illegal and they will be arrested for doing so?
It’s true that they can claim asylum once they enter Canada, but to do that, and be successful, you need to be a bona fide refugee, not an economic migrant. Only about 50% of refugee claims are accepted as legitimate by the federal government and the rate is lower for those crossing at Roxham Rd.
Justin Trudeau imported the issue of illegal immigration into Canada from the United States. Now he has a problem that is getting bigger thanks to his political ally, Eric Adams, handing out bus tickets.
It would be nice if Trudeau had a solution for this issue other than lecturing Canadians.