Despite DC Mayor Bowser’s request causing friction with the Biden administration, and ultimately being denied, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made the same plea as the city’s resources are expected to become overwhelmed by immigrants being bussed up from Texas.
Adams accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has invited both mayors to the border to see the impact of illegal immigration firsthand, of “manufacturing a crises” for political gain.
.@GregAbbott_TX used innocent people as political pawns to manufacture a crisis. New Yorkers are stepping up to fix it — that’s our city’s values.— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) August 7, 2022
But we need the federal government’s help — money, technical assistance and more. pic.twitter.com/cOdXrULpcC
As border crossings hit record numbers, Abbott maintains he is busing immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C. in protest of President Biden’s immigration policy.
On Friday, the first bus arranged to New York City arrived. Adams reportedly met the bus at the terminal and called Abbott’s actions “horrific”.
Abbot said on Friday that 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’s statement continued.
The Pentagon denied DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for federal assistance just days before. The White House is reportedly frustrated by the requests, which they see as validating Republican talking points on immigration.