In recent comments, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) issued a scathing response to New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) for seemingly trying to suggest that the Texas governor is an outright coward for his plan to send buses of Migrants up to Washington, D.C. because of Biden’s policies.
Abbott issued his impassioned response via a press release that was posted to social media on Friday.
“Mayor Adams’ problem is not with Texas. It is with President Biden’s refusal to stop this border crisis and secure our southern border,” stated Abbott in his post.
“President Biden’s open border policies created this ongoing humanitarian crisis, allowing record-high illegal crossings and deadly drugs like fentanyl to flood into our state. A crisis that has overrun and overwhelmed our border towns and communities across our state, whose requests for help have gone ignored and unanswered by the Biden Administration,” he stated.
Mayor Adams should address his frustration w/ migrants to the root cause: Joe Biden.
I launched our border busing mission in April to help our local communities.
Biden has flown planeloads of migrants to NY.
The problem is not Texas. It's Biden's REFUSAL to secure our border. pic.twitter.com/cPGgoL8n9B
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 22, 2022
Abbott issued the argument that his bus program was designed to put the migrants in the nation’s capital, and not in New York City. It was Biden’s administration, however, that chose to authorize flights for migrants out to New York state.
“I launched our border busing mission back in April to help our local partners, busing over 5,500 migrants to Washington, D.C. so far. Texas has not bused any migrants to New York,” highlighted Abbott. “Instead, it is President Biden who has flown planeloads of migrants to New York. Mayor Adams should address his frustration with migrants to the root cause: Joe Biden.”
Adams went after Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ), to go along with his tirade aimed at Abbott, about their programs set up to bus migrants as part of a news conference held at City Hall this past Thursday.
“Our country is home of the free, land of the brave,” exclaimed Adams, as reported by the New York Post. “We do not become cowards and send people away who are looking for help.”
Adams also stated that the mass influx of migrants headed into New York is heavily straining the city he leads.
“We already have an overburdened shelter system. So now we’re talking about, as you stated, food, clothing, schools,” stated Adams. “This is going to impact our schools because we do not turn away individuals because they’re undocumented, need translation services. There’s just a whole host of things that this is going to produce. And that’s why we need help in getting this done and we need to write coordination to make it happen.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams: Influx of illegal aliens is “a real burden” on NYC resources. pic.twitter.com/5hc7x5YzQr
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) July 20, 2022
Adams did not stand alone in his anger for Abbott about the massive surge in migrants. Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) made an appearance on “Face the Nation,” with CBS, earlier this past month in order to speak about the problem with the capital’s homeless shelters hitting capacity due to the large number of migrants sent in from both Arizona and Texas.
“We have for sure called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses. We think they’re largely asylum seekers who are going to final destinations that are not Washington, D.C.,” explained Bowser.
“I worked with the White House to make sure that FEMA provided a grant to a local organization that is providing services to folks. But, I fear that they’re being tricked into nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are places all over the United States of America,” she concluded.