Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that buses full of migrants from his state will begin arriving in New York City.
The first bus carrying roughly 50 migrants arrived in Manhattan Friday morning. The migrants now join more than 4,000 others who have come to New York City in recent months seeking shelter.
In a statement, Governor Abbott said “Because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the state of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe. 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. 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.”
New York City Mayor Adams responded to the news by accusing the Texas Governor of using migrants as “political pawns.” He said the Governors “continued use of human beings as political pawns is disgusting and an embarrassing stain on the state of Texas. New York City will continue to welcome asylum seekers with open arms, as we have always done, but we still need support from Washington DC.”