Canada _ (Commonwealth Union) _ Asylum seekers can use a bus ticket paid for by American officials to travel from New York City to portions of the state near the United States’ border with Canada, and then attempt to pass via Roxham Road.
The office of Mayor Eric Adams claims it does not subsidize Roxham Road fines and does not assist persons in crossing the Canada-US border. People who want to travel to Plattsburgh, New York, close the Canadian border, can use the bus.
“Our purpose is to assist asylum seekers who desire to relocate,” said Kate Smart, a spokesman for New York City. She described New York City as being in the midst of a “unprecedented catastrophe” for several months.
The newly created migrant help centers in New York are swamped. Every week, some Republican states move hundreds of migrants from Mexico to the northeast. “The mayor took the choice to assist [these people] in reaching their end goal, even if it is not New York,” Smart explained.
“A lot of individuals that came here by bus didn’t want to or weren’t intending to travel to New York, or they didn’t want to stay here long-term.” Community groups “have also assisted in the issuance of tickets for people who choose to travel elsewhere,” she adds.
The city has stated that it will provide financial assistance to people attempting to go elsewhere. That someplace is, for many, the Canadian border. The Plattsburgh terminal is approximately 30 minutes from the border. Taxi drivers are waiting to transport migrants the rest of the way.
It did not answer to Radio-Canada when asked if they were aware that migrants find their way to Canada. Community organizations in Montreal have asked for assistance with the flood of asylum seekers.
The New York Post, an American newspaper, travelled to Plattsburgh and met refugees whose transportation was subsidized for by American officials. Roxham Road has witnessed record traffic, with over 39,000 individuals using it to enter Canada last year.