Texas Governor Greg Abbott defiantly declared on Friday that he will continue sending migrants from the southern border to the Big Apple – as Mayor Eric Adams issued a state of emergency over the flood of asylum seekers.
“Sanctuary cities like New York City experience a FRACTION of what Texas border communities face every day,” Abbott said on Twitter. “We will continue to transport migrants to NYC, DC and Chicago to relieve our overwhelmed border cities until [President] Biden is doing his job to secure the border.”
Abbott’s office has declined to provide exact figures on the number of people or buses sent by Texas state officials to the five boroughs.
City Hall has strongly complained about Abbott’s decision to bus the recent arrivals, most of whom are trying to claim asylum after escaping the brutal dictatorship and economic collapse of Venezuela.
Adams again berated Abbott on Friday for refusing to notify city officials of incoming buses or to coordinate and share information about the migrants aboard.
The governor’s buses are one of at least three sources of recent arrivals pouring into New York City, which is already home to some of the nation’s busiest ports and one of its largest populations of immigrants.
Federal officials have flown and bused some migrants awaiting immigration court hearings north to ease border congestion.
In addition, some municipalities in Texas also send buses independently of the state program, most notably El Paso.
The border town’s mayor estimates his city has sent as many as 7,000 people in recent weeks after striking a deal with City Hall to announce the arrival of the buses.
Adams said today that he would ask the mayor there to eliminate his transportation program.