Just one in 5 of the greater than 13,000 migrants who’ve flooded into the Huge Apple for the reason that spring — wreaking havoc on the town’s shelter system — had been despatched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Abbott’s workplace informed The Publish Friday they’d bused some 2,700 migrants to the town since Aug. 5, when the Republican governor expanded a program that started concentrating on Washington, DC, in April.
That quantity runs counter to Mayor Eric Adams’ repeated claims that Abbott and Republican border officers are primarily to blame for the disaster whereas he declines to name on President Biden to curb the open border insurance policies which are fueling the surge.
Metropolis Corridor on Friday mentioned that about 13,600 migrants had gone by way of the consumption course of for the shelter system since Might. That put Abbott’s duty for the inflow at 19.9% of the full tally.
Abbott’s workplace mentioned one other busload of migrants it despatched arrived in Manhattan on Monday morning however didn’t present an up to date complete of passengers.
However the variety of migrants Abbott bused to the town pales compared to the 4,230 that the Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, Oscar Leeser’s workplace confirmed Friday had been despatched by his administration in an settlement with Adams.
That quantity accounted for greater than 31% of the town’s complete on the time.
On Monday, Metropolis Corridor elevated the full variety of migrants who’ve arrived since Might to greater than 14,600, with 11,000 residing in taxpayer-funded housing — an inflow that Adams lately mentioned was pushing the shelter system to “its breaking level.”
The town has been pressured to open 39 emergency shelters up to now to accommodate the crush, based on an Adams spokesperson.
A number of the migrants who’ve arrived in New York Metropolis have additionally informed The Publish that they had been directed right here by federal immigration officers in Texas, although that they had no native ties.
Adams, a Democrat, has repeatedly accused Abbott of fueling the surge of migrants to the town and of mendacity concerning the quantity of individuals he’s bused right here.
In an announcement Monday, Abbott press secretary Renae Eze known as Adams “an absolute hypocrite” and invoked the Biden administration flights of migrant kids to the Westchester County Airport north of New York Metropolis that The Publish uncovered final yr.
“He’s complaining about a number of thousand migrants being bused into his self-declared sanctuary metropolis, but was silent as President Biden flew planeloads of migrants into New York within the cowl of evening,” Eze mentioned.
“As a substitute of complaining about over 2,700 migrants being bused into his metropolis of over 8 million, Mayor Adams ought to name on President Biden to do his job and safe the border—one thing the president continues failing to do.”
Eze added: “And if Mayor Adams desires to see what the breaking level truly appears like, Gov. Abbott’s invitation remains to be open for him to go to the border and the true border disaster firsthand.”
Final week, The Publish solely revealed that Adams has requested Biden for at the least $500 million in federal funding amid across-the-board finances cuts — beginning at 3% instantly and rising 4.75% for fiscal 2024 and past — that Hizzoner lately imposed on metropolis companies, together with the NYPD.
In early August, migrants in San Antonio, Texas, informed The Publish that they hoped to journey to New York Metropolis due to its fame for generosity.
“We’re heading there as a result of we’d like extra assist. On the shelter right here, we will solely keep for 3 days,” Venezuelan migrant Cesar Sandoval Guerrero, 26, mentioned.
“We heard there’s quite a lot of assist for individuals like us there.”
One other migrant, who gave her identify as Mary, mentioned she requested immigration officers for recommendation about the place to go and was informed to move to New York Metropolis.
“Let me inform you, I’ve heard concerning the shelters there. Nothing like right here in Texas,” she mentioned.
“They don’t actually have assist right here for you. They solely present a spot to remain and meals right here, however I would like a change of garments and someplace to remain a bit of longer.”
Mary mentioned she couldn’t afford the journey as a result of she was “robbed within the jungle in Panama on the journey right here, including, “I’m hoping I can get some assist attending to New York.”
Former Republican Westchester County Government Rob Astorino, who helped expose the Biden administration’s migrant flights, known as the scenario “completely insane.”
“However Adams and the opposite Democratic mayors are taking the straightforward manner out by not criticizing the president of their very own get together,” he mentioned.
“It’s the federal authorities’s duty to deal with the border subject.”
US Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) additionally mentioned, “New Yorkers are struggling to get by and sustain with our metropolis’s excessive price of residing.”
“So as to add the burden of housing and supporting 1000’s of migrants on their shoulders is incorrect,” she mentioned.
“The mayor wants to inform President Biden to cease the insanity and reinstate order at our border.”