First Bus of Illegal Immigrants from Texas Arrives in New York City
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the first busload of migrants from the state of Lone Star to New York City arrived on Friday morning.
Abbott said the migrants made it to the Port Authority bus station on Friday morning but didn't say how many people were on board the bus. The arrival comes after Texas began taking busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C. in April. to send. Buses have transported more than 6,100 migrants to the district in just over three months.
"Due to President Biden's continued refusal to recognize the crisis caused by his open borders policy, the state of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe," Abbott said in a statement.
"Besides Washington, D.C. New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the wealth of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams boasted about in the city of refuge. I hope he keeps his promise to welcome all migrants with open arms so our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief," he added, noting that New York City has a right to housing laws set by local government demand to provide "emergency" shelter for every homeless person."
Adams last month asked President Biden to provide federal assistance to the city after claiming Texas and Arizona were already sending migrants there. He said the city's homeless shelters were overwhelmed with migrants. However, Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey both said it was actually the federal government that sent migrants to New York at the time.
Abbott suggested Adams visit the border to "see the dire situation firsthand."
"Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development -- particularly as the President and his administration have shown no remorse for their actions or a desire to address the situation themselves," the Texas governor said earlier this week. "As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the fire situation, which is becoming more urgent by the day, and to meet with local officials who, like yourself, recognize that this matter requires immediate action." of the federal government."
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser last month asked that the D.C. National Guard activated indefinitely to help the district respond to an influx of illegal immigrants arriving by bus from Texas and Arizona.
“With Texas and Arizona pledges to continue these heinous operations indefinitely, the situation is dire and we view this as a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote .
The mayor argued that "the pace of incoming buses and the volume of arrivals have reached tipping points."
Earlier this month, Bowser told CBS' Face the Nation that D.C. officials "have urged the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from being genuinely enticed into getting on buses."
"We believe they are largely asylum seekers traveling to final destinations other than Washington, D.C. are,” she said. “I worked with the White House to ensure that FEMA would give a grant to a local organization that provides services to people. I'm afraid that if their final destinations are anywhere in the United States of America, they will be lured into nationwide bus travel."
Migrants heading from Texas to New York and D.C. were sent left voluntarily. The migrants were released from federal detention after illegally crossing the border and were given permission to remain in the US with an order to appear in an immigration court.
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