In a bit of irony, the mayors of New York City and Washington DC have blamed Arizona and Texas for shipping immigrants to their liberal cities, which they claim is straining their social services that local taxpayers should not be forced to pay for.
According to Fox News:
Both NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser have blamed Arizona and Texas for sending migrants to their cities, which they say is straining their social services, including homeless shelters.
“Local taxpayers are not picking up the tab. They should not pick up the tab,” Bowser said. “We really need a coordinated federal response. We know that it’s done for refugees who come to the states from all points of the world and the same has to be done in this situation.”
Adams, meanwhile, said NYC is dealing with a “marked increase” in asylum seekers, with more than 2,800 entering the city’s shelter system.
“In some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government,” he said in a statement.
Both Texas and Arizona have been moving migrants to the nation’s capital as part of an effort to bring what they say are the consequences of “open border” policies to the politicians who promote them — but they both denied sending any migrants to the Big Apple. They have also urged those mayors to turn their attention to the Biden administration, not to their states.
In a statement, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said that Adams “needs to get his facts straight and pay closer attention to what’s really occurring because our nation’s security depends on it.”
“The State of Arizona is providing voluntary transportation for asylum seekers only to Washington, D.C., not New York,” he said. “President Biden created the crisis at the border — he’s failed to respond to calls for action and refuses to even visit the border, so we’re bringing the issue a little closer to home for him.”
“The President’s policies have placed overwhelming burdens on Arizona communities,” he said. “It’s convenient that these liberal mayors are finally speaking up on this humanitarian crisis once it affects their communities, even though our program does not charter to New York City.”