According to media reports, over the weekend, vans full of Venezuelan migrants left New York to head down to Florida for the Hurricane Ian clean-up.
When asked by reporters, the migrants had scant information about who they would be working for, but they still piled into vans in Queens that they said were headed to the Sunshine State over the weekend.
According to the NY Post, one interviewed migrant named Javier Moreno said, “They want us for hurricane cleanup, we’d get paid $15 an hour, overtime and $15 for food daily, I think. I’m going for the 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?”
A driver of one of the vans at the designated pick-up site said on Saturday that he was headed to Florida and that he was under contract with a water and debris company. “I’m taking these people in the van straight to Florida tonight,” the van driver said. “I don’t know how many people have left or how many more vans are coming.”
On Sunday, a slew of migrants had lined up as early as 8 a.m. at the spot at Junction Boulevard and 32nd Avenue to catch a bus to Florida.
When asked, a spokesperson for Mayor Adams said City Hall was not involved in the transport of any migrants. Florida officials did not return requests for comment.