Texas announced Friday that the state would be busing more migrants from “overwhelmed” border communities to New York City, despite Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) saying the state is at “capacity.”
Busses chartered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management left Del Rio and Eagle Pass on Friday, Abbott announced. The New York Post reported that the buses were heading to New York.
“Texas border towns should not have to shoulder the burden of Biden’s open border policies,” Abbott posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Texas will continue to send buses to sanctuary cities to provide relief to overrun border towns.”
Hochul has asked for more federal aid to help with the unprecedented number of migrants arriving in the city, but the White House denied her request, saying the funding needs to come from Congress.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said earlier this month that the city’s migrant crisis would “destroy New York City.” He begged for more state and federal aid to help the massive influx of migrants arriving in the city.
New York has received around $140 million in federal funding for shelters, more than any other city that is not on the southwest border.
In early September, Adams’ office reported that since Spring 2022, more than 110,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in the city. Abbott later criticized Adams for his complaints, arguing that the mayor could not last a day in Texas.
Abbott has bused thousands of migrants to New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. To board one of the buses, an asylum-seeker must volunteer to be transported and show documentation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security releasing them to travel, Abbott’s statement said.
“Until President Biden upholds his constitutional duty to secure America’s southern border, Texas will continue to deploy as many buses as needed to relieve the strain caused by the surge or illegal crossings,” Abbott’s statement said.
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