While champagne socialists and woke liberals campaign for the freedom of movement for migrants who are swarming across the US-Mexico border in the thousands, they pay little attention to the dire conditions migrants who work for rich, American families are having to live in.
As 26,000 migrants were intercepted by border patrol over the course of the past week, the number of those entering the country both illegally and legally is only set to rise as the Biden administration continues to call for an open borders approach to immigration.
But what happens to the migrants once they reach the supposed promised land of the USA? The MailOnline has revealed that many of them are struggling to find work or are working as cheap labor for the ultra-rich – mowing lawns or cleaning houses – before sleeping rough in camps in the woods at night.
Squalid make-shift campsites have emerged around affluent areas including Long Island enclave, Southampton and Westhampton beach are living out of rotting tents and field shelters or on bare mattresses just a stone’s throw away from multimillion dollar mansions where many of them work.
As homeless are removed from illegal camp in #Oxnard, social service workers offer help. http://t.co/pts9Dn2KAy pic.twitter.com/wkdbrItmX2
— Darrin Peschka (@Darrin_Peschka) August 18, 2015
Photos show the camps littered with garbage, beer cans and filthy clothes. Many of the men living on the sites say they cannot find any work and have resorted to drink and drug use.
Juan Antonio Morales, 40, who has lived in the US for 15 years but has never been able to find long-term employment told the New York Post: “I work for very rich people in the Hamptons but I can’t afford somewhere to live. I am paid very little and an apartment costs too much money.”
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Nely Lopez, 38, who is a landscaper from Guatemala said work is on and off and while he can occasionally afford a hostel, he is forced to sleep “on cardboard here in the woods at least three nights a week.”
Jose, who is a married father of two from Guatemala said he had lived in the US since 2005, but also has never been able to secure full-time employment:
“Today I helped clean the 7-Eleven for three hours, which is not enough. Now I have nothing to do. Some weeks it’s only two days a week of work.”
The camps are becoming more and more common across the United States, with at least 4 in Westhampton Beach alone. This is in stark contrast with the liberal’s idea that America is crying out for more workers and blue-collar labor.
The US Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers this year. But the reinstatement of the Trump-era US policy known as 'Remain in Mexico' has put hundreds of Haitians and Central Americans seeking asylum in limbo pic.twitter.com/gSPqsJzupR
— TRT World (@trtworld) December 25, 2021
Meanwhile, locals turn a blind eye to the camps, preferring to pretend they don’t exist:
“People like to pretend homelessness doesn’t exist in the Hamptons bubble. It’s the Hamptons and we like to pretend real-life problems don’t exist here,” said local resident Gina Webster from Westhampton.
Despite the desperate plight of the migrants already here as they struggle to make ends meet, more than 800,000 more evaded border since Biden’s presidency. Border patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants on the US-Mexico border in 2021, 4 times more than the previous year.
It comes after 53 migrants were found dead in a refrigerated truck in San Antonio last month.