Hundreds of immigrants — at least some bussed to the Big Apple by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — lined up outside Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on Sunday to receive health coverage, food and other items, including school supplies and free phones.
The event, hosted by the city’s hospital system, was billed as a “resource and family fun day” for migrants and their children, many of whom have come to New York City. bulk in recent weeks.
“I came to New York about three days ago. I’m a welder and I’m looking for work here,” Venezuelan refugee Adrian Medina, 32, said through a translator.
Medina said he arrived on a bus that left Texas five days ago, after a one-way trip from his home country that included six days of trekking through the jungle.
Now living at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, Medina said he saw a flyer for the event there. He was waiting in line for ice cream when he spoke to The Post.
“I’m feeling a little better now, but when I first came, I wasn’t well,” he said. “We haven’t slept or eaten well.”
A fellow Venezuelan, Luis Quintana, 48, said he came to the event “to get an ID and health insurance” after arriving in the city from Texas on Friday.
“Now I feel good, but I wasn’t. I was uncomfortable on the bus. The bathroom on the bus was closed for several hours,” Quintana said.
“I came to New York to get away from the delinquency in Venezuela, the cops on the streets, the armed people. I want to work and progress.”
A representative of Medicaid provider MetroPlusHealth, which co-sponsored the event, said it expected about 1,200 immigrants, mostly children, to attend.
At least some of the immigrants had been by bus to New York City from the Republican governor of Texas, who is furious over what he calls Dem President Joe Biden’s weak border policies, also targeting Democratic city mayors.
The migrants crossed the Mexican border into Texas illegally, then said they were seeking asylum, which allows them to stay in the U.S. legally while their cases go through the courts.
MetroPlusHealth said it was providing at least temporary health care coverage to migrants at Sunday’s event.
The line to enter the event on the hospital’s large lawn stretched for a block.
Immigrants were also provided with library cards and back-to-school supplies for their children.
The municipality estimates that more than 4,000 migrants have arrived in the city in recent weeks.
City Department of Homeless Services on Friday asked Big Apple hotels to help find 5,000 rooms to house new arrivals – on top of an earlier request of 600.