Cellphones, ping-pong, haircuts among perks for NYC migrants

Thousands of migrant workers who have recently crossed the US southern border illegally and sought asylum are enjoying free benefits in New York City.

Mayor Eric Adams has warned that the Biden administration’s border policies could cost the city a staggering $1 billion more, imploring the White House to shoulder the burden.

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Here are some of the benefits that come with being an asylum seeker in the Big Apple.

The city’s goodwill

  • Rooms from $300 per night; Accommodations at the three-star Watson Hotel in the heart of Manhattan; Rooms with private bathrooms and showers or shared living for single men at the newly opened Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.
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Watson Hotel sign
Free accommodation for NYC expats at the magnificent 3-star Watson Hotel.
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  • rice Three hot meals a day, including meat and beans, and “snacks between meals like cookies,” one migrant at the gate told The Post on Tuesday.
  • Transportation is great, including free MetroCards for two every day from sites like Watson. At the more isolated Brooklyn Gate; There’s a free bus to Barclays Center downtown, and everyone gets a daily round-trip ferry ticket.
RK - January 30: Donated supplies were seized while migrants camped out in front of the Watson Hotel after being evicted.

After being deported, Watson was caught camping in front of the hotel with supplies donated by immigrants.

The evacuees camped outside the Watson Hotel.

Many migrants camped outside the Watson Hotel after being denied their lavish accommodations.


Chicken with pinto beans and black rice.

Food for the emigrants is free from the city.


  • Terminal entertainment includes ping pong tables; Five large-screen TVs and a treadmill are included, as well as free international calls and WiFi access. The Old Town Factory on Randall’s Island has city-provided Xboxes.
  • Health care, the city says, includes “urgent care services and enrollment for health coverage.” City officials declined to elaborate.
  • Education for migrant children in public urban schools.

The generosity of private groups

  • Free cell phones during special giveaways.
  • Free haircuts at places like Watson’s.


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