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For some people who enter the United States irregularly, the “American dream” lies even further north: in Canada.
This is the case with many migrants from Latin America who arrived in New York at a time when the city has plunged into an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” as described by the mayor’s office late last year.
New York Mayor Eric Adams then declared a state of emergency the shelters began get busy due to the large number of asylum seekers arriving in the metropolis by bus, most after crossing the border into Texas or Arizona.
Some of the thousands of migrants who arrive in New York every month in search of a better future, despairing over the difficulties of finding shelter, legalizing their papers or working, decide to try their luck in Canada.
They are joined by those who had already planned to go to Canadian territory in advance.
Tickets paid for by the city
Local media reports that there are migrants in New York I have receivedto go free bus tickets to Plattsburgh, New York, just 20 miles from the Canadian border.
From there, these people take taxis to Roxham Road, an informal border crossing giving them access to the Canadian province of Quebec.
Mayor Adams acknowledged in statements to Fox 5 Monday that city authorities provide free bus tickets to immigrants.
“If your intention is to go to another place, we will help you issue tickets,” he said.
Adams claimed his government is just trying to do that helping migrants who arrive in the metropolis but actually want to go to other destinations Inside and outside the country.
“Some want to go to Canada, some want to go to warmer states, and we’re here for them as they continue to chase this dream,” Adams said.
A legal loophole
But the Canadian authorities have a different view on this issue.
Speaking to the press in Montreal, Quebec Minister of Immigration Christine Fréchette called it “amazing” that New York City was sending migrants to the gates of the Canadian border.
He said it highlighted the need to “solve the problem of Roxham Road,” where thousands of asylum seekers cross north from the United States each year.
“I think this makes the urgency of the situation even more apparent,” Fréchette said.
The Quebec representative assured that Canada and the US are negotiating to update the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement.
The treaty, signed in 2002, stipulates that migrants can only apply for asylum in the first country they enter, the United States or Canada.
But this only applies at official border crossings, so those irregularly crossing Roxham Road are exempt.
This loophole allows Canadian immigration authorities to handle asylum cases for immigrants illegally coming from New York State.
The immigration crisis in New York
The current immigration crisis in New York City has been attributed in part to the policies of some southern states bordering Mexico that divert newly arrived migrants from their territories to the United States’ most populous city.
During a visit to Texas in January, Mayor Adams told reporters that “there was no room in New York” for more migrants.
Days before, he had issued a statement assuring that as of spring 2021, New York had received 40,000 asylum seekersto whom he provided food, shelter and other resources.
“We are on the brink of saturation,” said that statement.
“Based on our projections, we do not expect to continue to receive asylum seekers on our own and have filed an emergency request for mutual assistance with New York State,” he said.
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