‘It represents freedom’: Volunteers tear Texas tags off arriving migrants as tents rise in Randall’s Island

Volunteer Power Malu rips the Texas tags off of arriving migrants in Port Authority. Monday, Oct. 10, 2022.
Photo by Dean Moses/amNY File

Five buses carrying asylum seekers pulled into Port Authority before 7 a.m. on Oct. 10 as the mayor’s tent city begins to take shape on Randall’s Island.

Fatigued, hungry and frightened, a wave of humanity flooded out of the buses and into the city. Mothers and fathers swaddled small, bleary-eyed children in Red Cross blankets as they both symbolically and figuratively stepped out of the darkness and into the light. 

Treated like cattle at the Texas border, the migrants are tagged with paper bracelets which removes their identity and replaces it with a number. Volunteer Power Malu chose to rip the emblematic shackle from the wrist of every man, woman and child.