The survey claims to highlight a severe shortage of meaningful services for those continuing to arrive on the East Coast. The document questioned 766 migrants after arriving in New York in 2023, 65% of whom hailed from Venezuela with the second most respondents coming from Colombia at 14%. Ninety-seven percent of these individuals currently live in NYC shelters while almost half of those who took the survey are under 30 years old at 43% and a whopping 84% traveled with children under the age of 30.
“What would make you pick up your baby and walk through a jungle? What were you trying to get away from? That’s what we have to think about. And we have to provide a humane response to a humanitarian crisis,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said at the Make the Road New York headquarters in Elmhurst at 92-10 Roosevelt Ave.