Low-income New Yorkers living in public housing say newly arrived migrants have been first in line for free turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, as public resources are strained from illegal immigration.
According to local reports and interviews, New Yorkers living in public housing are competing against tens of thousands of newly arrived migrants to New York City when it comes to meals this Thanksgiving.
“Why do we have to take the butt of everything,” New Yorker Georgia Butler told FOX5 New York in an interview. “This community is already suffering.”
“[The migrants] were first in line for the turkeys this morning,” Butler continued. “They tell you to be there at 11 o’clock. You get there at like 10:30, 10:45, but they are already out there. The line is from over there to over here.”
A person pushes a cart with a frozen turkey during a giveaway at Green Valley of Sunnyside Market Place on November 21, 2023 in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens borough New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Frozen turkeys are seen on a table during giveaway at Green Valley of Sunnyside Market Place on November 21,