New York’s Broken Promises Leave Dominican Migrant in Dire Straits

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A migrant from the Dominican Republic expressed concerns that New York’s government is not fulfilling its promises to help migrants settle in American neighborhoods with support and employment opportunities.

According to the report, Pena and her children left their home in the Dominican Republic, traveled through El Salvador, and endured a perilous month and a half journey to the U.S. border before crossing into the United States.

Pena, speaking through an interpreter due to her lack of English proficiency, recounted how the treatment she received in New York has been traumatizing for her.

After crossing the border, Pena made her way to New York and enrolled in a free housing program in Rochester. Upon arrival, she and her children were accommodated in a Holiday Inn Downtown for four months before being moved to a free duplex.

Pena mentioned that their living space lacks gas and electricity, and she has yet to qualify for a work permit despite being in the U.S. for a year.

Responding to WHEC’s Berkeley Brean about whether she likes the U.S., Pena stated, “Si. But not Rochester… No good Rochester.”

To tackle the migrant issue, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) recently approved a $237 billion state budget, allocating an additional $2.4 billion for migrant-related expenses on top of the billions already spent.

While Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) have introduced measures such as housing time limits for migrants — though allowing them to reapply for housing post-eviction — the spending on Biden’s border crossers continues to escalate.

Warner Todd Huston
Warner Todd Huston
Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN and several local Chicago news programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Warner works out of the Chicago area.

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