A busload of about 50 migrants dispatched to New York City by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrived early Friday as the Lone Star State Republican continued his war with the White House over its open border policies.
The migrants pulled in on a bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown around 6:30 a.m., with a news release from Abbott declaring New York was now “a drop-off location” for the migrants crossing the border into Texas. Fox News was the only news outlet present at the terminal when the bus arrived.
The governor had already dispatched thousands of migrants to Washington, D.C.
“The 1st bus of migrants has arrived in NYC. Biden refuses to do his job, so Texas continues to take unprecedented action to secure our border. NYC is the ideal destination for these migrants. They can receive the services Mayor Adams has boasted about (within) the sanctuary city,” Abbot tweeted.
The mayor slammed the move.
“Governor Abbott is finally admitting to what we’ve known he’s been doing all along. 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, but we are asking for resources to help do so. We need Washington, DC’s assistance in dealing with the cruel political games being played by inept politicians like the governor of Texas,” an Adams spokesman said.
The bus’ arrival, after a 1,750-mile trip east, marked an escalation in the ongoing tussle between the governor and the mayor over the issue. None of the new arrivals remained when reporters arrived at the busy terminal two hours later.
“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 a statement from Abbott.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose city has already received more than 6,000 immigrants bused from Texas, accused Abbott of “cruel political gamesmanship … (using) desperate people to score political points.”
Adams earlier this week turned down an Abbott invitation to visit Texas as the sparring between the New York Democrat and the Texas Republican continued.
New York, as a “right-to-shelter” state, is required by law to provide same-day housing for any adult who arrives by 10 p.m. with children at a homeless shelter.