On Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams requested support from the federal government as his city attempts to deal with the wave of migrants being bused in from Texas.
“We need help, and we’re reaching out to the federal government to tell them that we need help,” Adams said. “We’re going to get through this.”
The Democratic mayor also called Texas’s migrant bus program — which has sent dozens of buses filled with migrants to Washington D.C. and New York — “horrific” and “unimaginable.”
“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,” Adams said. “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.”
The bus program was instituted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in April. At the time, Abbott announced that his state would begin sending charter buses filled with illegal immigrants to Washington D.C. in order to push back against the Biden administration’s lenient policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.
First Texas bus drops off illegal immigrants blocks from US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Biden refuses to come see the mess he’s made at the border.
So Texas is bringing the border to him.https://t.co/wHZkwnD305
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 13, 2022
Last Friday, Abbott announced that Texas would also begin sending buses of migrants to New York. In a statement, the Republican governor expressed his belief that the city would be an “ideal destination” for the migrants, given Adams’ frequent celebration of his “sanctuary city.”
“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,” Abbott said.
“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 Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” the governor continued. “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.”
Speaking on Sunday, Adams repeated a claim that had been made earlier by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, that the migrants had been “tricked” into the cross-country bus ride and deceived about their final destination.