Masbia Relief Mentioned In NYC’s 20,000 Migrants Are Fueling The City’s Underground Economy

Posted on: October 26, 2022

When Masbia Soup Kitchen Network learned migrants were flooding into the city, the soup kitchen operator bought up 100 pairs of construction boots from Amazon at $100 a pop and lined up a donor to help shoulder the cost. Nonprofits have also been helping migrants enroll in construction site safety training, a must-have for contractors who may overlook immigration status but are wary of the city-enforced safety checks that come with heavy fines.

“Giving people their dignity is very important,” said Masbia executive director Alexander Rapaport. “And dignity means they can fend for themselves and make a buck.”

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