The organizations representing them and the migrants themselves joined more than a dozen elected officials who demonstrated at the municipal building to demand more support to provide services to the thousands of asylum seekers arriving in the five boroughs.
Janeth Rodriguez told us she understands the problem is huge, but it touches her heart to hear the stories of migrants crossing the jungle and the myriad dangers they face to wait their turn and an immigration officer’s decision .
“The things they’re experiencing, especially in Venezuela and many other countries, I think it’s great that they support these immigrants who come, although it’s difficult because there are so many people, But at least for a few years they support them and give them work permits so that later they can return to their countries and improve their lives,” said Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant.
Ombudsman Jumani Williams, members of the City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President were in attendance.
“New York is the state with the most resources positioned to help people coming from Texas or any country,” said Antonio Reynoso, Brooklyn borough president., “Our problem is that the resources of the federal government and the state government are not coming to the 400,000 people who are waiting to move to New York. The resources we have in the city are not enough.”
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera pointed out that the $6 million sent by the federal government to the five counties is insufficient.
In his estimation, the city needs a billion dollars to address the immigration crisis of asylum seekers, and he echoed that New Yorkers have a historic and fundamental duty to welcome them. Because there is no “us” and “they”.
“They are the values of New York and the United States of America. We have to treat every family that comes here with dignity and respect, so we have to find the resources we need and let them know that everyone has a right to be here. It is,” Rivera said.
For his part, President Biden has announced a plan through which average Americans can sponsor people who seek asylum in the United States so that they can regularize their status and have a home .