NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams condemns Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday for sending buses of asylum seekers to New York City — some of them against their will.
“It’s terrible when you think about what the governor is doing,” Adams condemns said on a morning visit to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, where he greeted the bus transporting the migrants who arrived.
The Republican Texas governor announced Friday that he was sending migrant buses into the city. Adams condemns, a moderate Democrat, has been alleging for weeks that the state was sending asylum seekers to New York and overwhelming the city’s homeless shelters, but Abbott previously denied this.
Adams condemns said migrants were being put on buses – even if they wanted to go to destinations other than New York. Some were falsely told that they would be driven to their desired destination, only to find themselves bound for New York, he said.
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“Some families are on the bus who wanted to go to other places, and they were not allowed to do so. He was forced into the bus,” Adams condemns said. “Our goal is to quickly address each family’s needs and give them the support they want.”
The city estimated last week that 4,000 asylum seekers have entered its shelter system since the end of May. Adams condemns pointed to the influx when he revealed last month that the city violated state law by failing to place poor families in city shelters on time.
Abbott has ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to transport migrants from Texas to both New York and Washington, D.C., where thousands of new arrivals have been dispatched since April.
“Due to President Biden’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the state of Texas has taken unprecedented action to keep our communities safe,” Abbott said in a statement.
“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the city’s abundance of services and housing, which Mayor Eric Adams claimed within the Sanctuary City,” the statement said. “I hope he will fulfill his promise to welcome all migrants with open arms so that our overpopulated and overwhelmed border towns can get relief.”
Fourteen people were dropped off at the bus stand on Sunday morning after traveling for three days. Adams condemns said officers expected 40 people to board the bus, but it appeared that others got off at other stops along the way.
“It’s unimaginable what the governor of Texas has done when you think about this country, a country that has always been open to those fleeing persecution,” Adams condemns said. “We’ve always welcomed them. And this governor isn’t doing that in Texas. But we’re going to set the right tone for these families to be here.”
Migrants who wish to live in New York will be placed in shelters when needed, while volunteers will attempt to assist those who wish to travel to other cities where family members are waiting for them.
Adams reiterated his plea for federal aid to deal with the influx of asylum seekers.
“We need help, and we’re reaching out to the federal government to tell them we need help,” he said. “We’re going to get through this.”
Abbott recently invited Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to the southern border—an invitation that Adams declined.
The mayor said Texas officials have not been notified of the bus push, and that his administration has not been informed of when the buses are leaving or about passengers.
“It’s unfortunate that the governor of Texas is not coordinating,” he said. “They’re not giving us any information.”
Adams condemns declined to call for any changes to federal immigration policy, saying he was focused on getting aid for incoming immigrants.
“What the government is doing Abbott is cruel, misleading people,” said Manuel Castro, the commissioner of the mayor’s office for immigration affairs. “But we will not fall for these scare tactics, and we are going to make sure that asylum seekers have the resources and support they need here in New York.”