In an ongoing tit-for-tat between Mayor Eric Adams and Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Adams’ administration decried Abbott’s announcement Friday that the first bus of migrants despatched directly from Texas arrived in the Large Apple.
In an emailed assertion to PoliticsNY, Adams’ Press Secretary Fabien Levy stated the revelation is proof of “what we’ve known he’s been doing all along.”
“Governor Abbott is finally admitting to what we’ve known he’s been doing all along,” Levy stated. “His continued use of human beings as political pawns is disgusting, and an embarrassing stain on the state of Texas. New York will continue to welcome asylum seekers with open arms, as we have always have.”
Whereas that is the first time Abbott introduced sending asylum seekers directly to the city, he’s been publicizing his follow of bussing migrants out of Texas to states extra pleasant to immigrants since April.
When Adams first started drawing consideration to the inflow of immigrants to the city late final month, he claimed in a July 19 letter to the White Home – asking for extra assets to take care of the disaster – that Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey have been bussing asylum seekers directly to the city. However the two GOP governor’s pushed again, saying they have been solely sending migrants to Washington D.C. and that the federal authorities was accountable for bussing them to New York.
Levy additionally referred to as on the federal authorities to crack down on states like Texas and Arizona for this follow.
“We need Washington DC’s assistance in dealing with the cruel political games being played by inept politicians like the governor of Texas,” Levy stated.
In accordance to Levy, the Mayor’s workplace continues to be attempting to confirm what number of migrants arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Friday morning.
A supply shut to the mayor’s workplace stated they weren’t given a heads up about the bus’s arrival, however there might have been organizations and volunteers – who have been advised upfront – readily available, to assist the migrants disembark once they arrived at the Port Authority.
In current weeks, Adams has blamed the city’s swelling homeless shelter inhabitants on an inflow of migrants arriving in New York from border states. New York’s “right to shelter” coverage legally requires it to present shelter to the roughly 4,000 migrants Adams’ administration says have arrived right here since Might.
Advocates for the homeless, nonetheless, have pushed back on Adams’ narrative that the recent increase in asylum seekers coming to the city is the sole reason why the shelters are overwhelmed. As a substitute, they are saying, there’s a quantity of different contributing elements like the city’s lack of inexpensive housing, staffing shortages and landlords not accepting vouchers for everlasting housing.
The City Council is holding a listening to subsequent Tuesday on Adams’ dealing with of the present disaster and the homeless shelter system total.
In a launch, Abbott stated New York City’s authorized obligation to settle for migrants – who he insists are overwhelming border cities in his state – is precisely why he’s bussing them to the city. The Texas governor additionally blamed President Joe Biden’s administration for the current influx of immigrants from across the Mexican border into his state, saying the White Home wants stricter immigration insurance policies.
“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 stated. “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.”
Abbott stated the city “will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy,” as well as to Washington D.C., that means at the moment’s bus might very nicely be the first of many despatched from Texas to New York.
Earlier this week, Abbott invited Adams and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to see the “dire situation” at the southern border. Adams rejected the overture, saying Abbott was simply trying for a “photo-up at the border.”
In an announcement, New York Immigration Coalition Govt Director Murad Awawdeh decried Abbott sending the bus of immigrants to the city as a publicity stunt. And he reaffirmed the group’s dedication to working with Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul and the City Council to accommodate these searching for shelter right here.
“Texas Governor Greg Abbott continues to prove he’s a cold-hearted publicity-seeking bigot, bent on bolstering his polling numbers no matter who pays the cost for it. In this case, it’s vulnerable asylum seekers who have been dragged into his games of political retribution. His callousness has real consequences, and hurts the individuals and families who have come to the United States fleeing persecution, violence and climate disaster as they are lawfully entitled to do. This crisis is self-manufactured and puts vulnerable immigrant families in the crossfire,” Awawdeh stated.
Greg Abbott might not worth the security and well-being of newcomer immigrant households, however New York at all times has and at all times shall be a welcoming city for all immigrants,” he added.