Hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are loading up vehicles in New York City and traveling to Florida to help with the hurricane Ian clean-up, they told The Post.
The migrants got into vehicles in Queens, claiming they were on their way to the Sunshine State over the weekend, despite having little knowledge about the employers they would be working for.
“They want us for hurricane cleanup, we’d get paid $15 an hour, overtime and $15 for food daily, I think. I’m going to work. It’s been hard for us migrants to find work here in New York, that’s why a lot of us are going. How’s the work in Florida?,” Javier Moreno, 37, noted that Camila, a lady from an organization, approached him and handed him a flier.
The Post was informed on Saturday that the driver of one of the vehicles at the scheduled pickup location, a corner in Corona, was going to Florida.
He claimed to be employed by a water and trash firm. Despite several efforts, the company’s phone remained unanswered.
The migrants were leaving city shelters in large numbers in an effort to get transportation and employment down south.
The vehicles and the possible employment, according to one migrant lady, were mentioned in group chats the migrants participate in.
All of us agreed that we would go, she said.
“I don’t know anything, sweetheart,” she said when asked who was providing the position.
Many migrants had gathered in a queue on Sunday morning as early as 8 a.m. witnesses stated they were waiting at the bus stop at Junction Boulevard and 32nd Avenue to board a bus to Florida.
Some of them said that Camila, a woman, had also alerted them to the chance.
Gregorio Avila, 22, claimed to have traveled from Venezuela to Texas and then taken a bus to New York City.
Texas officials have been protesting President Biden’s allegedly dangerously permissive immigration policy by sending thousands of refugees who unlawfully cross the border before applying for asylum to Democratic areas like New York.
Approximately 30 individuals had just left the corner, according to 55-year-old Corona resident Joseph Venuto, who presumed the Federal Emergency Management Agency was behind the endeavor.