“I hope [New York City Mayor Eric Adams] follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief,” said Texas Gov. Abbott.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday announced the arrival of the first group of migrants bused to New York City from Texas, according to a news release from his office.
- “The migrants are being dropped off this morning on a green bus at Port Authority Bus Terminal at Gate 14,” the release states. “In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy as part of the Governor’s response to the Biden Administration’s open border policies overwhelming Texas communities.”
- Gov. Abbott’s office emphasized how New York, unlike cities in Texas, has so-called ‘right to shelter’ laws whereby the city ensures the legal right to shelter for homeless families with children. “As one of the few cities in America with right to housing laws, New York City is required to provide emergency shelter for every unhoused person.”
- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is a vocal supporter of providing cash benefits to illegal immigrants under her state’s $2.1 billion Excluded Workers Fund program.
- New York’s Mayor Eric Adams kicked off his mayorship with a focus on immigration, “expanding language access, improving equity, representation” for all immigrants in the city. “Adams’ voting record and public statements as Brooklyn Borough President and State Senator before that have shown strong support for immigrant communities,” according to Documented, a non-profit news site covering New York City’s immigrants. “He has backed efforts to extend voting rights to some non-citizens, was a supporter of providing driver’s licenses to undocumented residents and has made his presence known at various immigrant-driven events across the city.”
WHAT GOV. 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,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”
- “In April, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to transport migrants from Texas to Washington, D.C.,” the governor’s press release notes. “Since the beginning of this busing strategy, thousands of migrants have been transported to the nation’s capital while providing much-needed relief to Texas’ overwhelmed border communities.”
- Texas saw more than 239,000 migrant encounters in May alone.