New York Mayor Eric Adams has asked for help from the federal government as busloads of migrants sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott arrived in the city.
In a tweet Sunday, Adams said the Texas governor was “using innocent people as political pawns to create a crisis.”
“New Yorkers are stepping up to fix it — those are the city’s values,” he said. “But we need the federal government’s help — money, technical assistance and more.”
In April, Mr Abbott launched Operation Lone Star by sending buses of undocumented migrants arriving in Texas on the southern border with Washington DC.
The governor has said his efforts, widely criticized by critics as a “political stunt,” would help relieve border communities that find themselves “overwhelmed by record numbers of illegal crossings while bringing the border crisis to President Biden’s doorstep.”
“Now Washington DC must realize, in a very minimal way, exactly what Texas has to deal with as a result of the open border policy that the Biden administration has allowed,” Abbott said in a press release released shortly after. after Easter, praising the program for its success in providing “relief” for Texans.
On Friday, Abbott announced that he has begun sending buses to New York after previously denying Adams’ claims that migrants sent from Texas were overwhelming the city’s homeless shelters.
On Sunday, Adams visited a bus station in New York to greet an arriving bus.
“This is terrible when you think about what the governor is doing,” he said at the terminal, according to Politico. “Some of the families are on the bus who wanted to go to other places, and they were not allowed to do so. They were forced onto the bus.”
“Our goal is to immediately find out each family’s needs and give them the help they want.”
According to recent estimates, more than 200 buses have arrived in Washington DC since the operation began, carrying more than 4,000 migrants — costing Lone Star State taxpayers about $1,400 per passenger, an investigation by NBC 5 in Dallas has found.
Earlier in July, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also asked the Biden administration to enlist the help of the National Guard to receive bussed migrants.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected Bowser’s request, saying the move would “negatively impact the readiness” of the force.