Cell phones, ping-pong, haircuts among perks for NYC migrants

Thousands of migrants who have recently illegally crossed the US southern border and sought asylum are enjoying a host of free benefits in New York.

Mayor Eric Adams – warning that the Biden administration’s border policies could cost the city a staggering more than a billion dollars due to the influx – pleaded with the White House to help the Big Apple shoulder the burden , in vain.

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

Courtesy of the city:

  • Accommodations, including rooms at the three-star, $300-per-night Watson Hotel in the heart of Manhattan with private baths and showers, or single men’s communal living at Brooklyn’s new cruise terminal in Red Hook.

Staying at the luxurious 3-star Watson Hotel is free for New York migrants.
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  • Three hot meals a day, including rice, meat and beans and “between-meal snacks like biscuits,” a migrant at the terminal said on Tuesday.
  • Transportation, including free daily MetroCards good for two trips from venues like the Watson. At the more isolated Brooklyn terminal, a free bus is offered to downtown Barclays, and each person receives a daily return ferry ticket.
RK - JANUARY 30: Migrants collect supplies while camping outside the Watson Hotel after being evicted.

Migrants collect supplies while camping outside the Watson Hotel after being evicted.

Migrants camped outside the Watson Hotel.

Many migrants camped outside the Watson Hotel after refusing their less plush accommodation.


Chicken with pinto beans and black rice.

Food for migrants is free from the city.


  • Recreation at the terminal includes ping-pong tables, five big-screen TVs and a treadmill, as well as access to free international calls and Wi-Fi. At the former Randall’s Island municipal facility, there was Xboxes provided by the city.
  • Health care, which the city says includes “emergency care services and enrollment in health coverage.” City officials declined to provide further details.
  • Education of migrant children in public schools in the city.

Courtesy of Private Groups:

  • Free cell phones during special giveaways.
  • Free haircuts sometimes at places like the Watson.

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