New York City Mayor Eric Adams condemned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for bussing migrants to New York, The Texas Tribune reports.
Abbott since April has sent busloads full of newly arrived migrants to Democratic-led cities on the East Coast to pressure President Joe Biden on border policy.
More than 6,000 migrants were sent to Washington D.C., prompting Mayor Muriel Bowser to request the National Guard for support handling the influx.
Abbott on Friday announced that he would send buses to New York. About 50 migrants arrived in the city on Friday and another 40 people were sent on a second bus, though some may have gotten off at other stops.
Abbott’s border stunt:
Abbott touted his stunt as a bid to pressure Democrats who have touted more humane immigration policies.
“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” Abbott said in a statement. “I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief."
Abbott invited Adams and Bowser to the border to “see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action.”
“This is horrific, when you think about what the governor is doing,” Adams said while greeting the arriving migrants.
“Some of the families are on the bus that wanted to go to other locations, and they were not allowed to do so. They were forced on the bus,” Adams said. “Our goal is to immediately find out each family’s needs and give them the assistance they want.”
“It is unimaginable what the governor of Texas has done, when you think about this country, a country that has always been open to those who were fleeing persecution,” he continued. “We’ve always welcomed them. And this governor is not doing that in Texas. But we are going to set the right tone of being here for these families.”