Amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the US, where NYC has been flooded with a large sum of migrants, a heartbreaking sight was seen Monday, as one of the many migrant mothers was left shelterless and begging for food to sustain her children at a Staten Island neighborhood.
Catherine Cruz, from Quito, Ecuador, flagged down an SUV passing through a parking lot near Victory Boulevard while holding her 1-year-old baby, Scarlet Caiza, up to the driver’s-side window and her seven-year-old daughter Lady Cruz by her side as she gestured with her hand toward her mouth, begging for food.
When approached by reporters, Cruz said she hadn’t eaten anything since the family arrived at a nearby hotel three days earlier because the only food available there was cereal and pizza. “My daughter doesn’t eat that food. She eats rice and soup. Her belly hurts,” the mom said in Spanish. “We don’t know how long we are staying. The gentlemen who have us in the shelters don’t tell us anything,” she said.
Reacting to this sorry state of individuals, City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) blamed the situation on both President Biden and Mayor Eric Adams, who last week declared a state of emergency over the migrant crisis. “Only a fundamentally flawed federal policy could net this tragic result, and we warned the city that there are no resources whatsoever in this neighborhood for this population,” Borelli said.
On Thursday, City Hall estimated that 17,400 migrants had arrived since May and Adams said Monday that another 1,800 showed up this past weekend, putting a lot of pressure on the city to provide basic necessities.