Adams said immigrants are being forced onto buses — even if they want to go to places other than New York. Some people were wrongly told they would be taken where they wanted, only to find themselves transported to New York, he said.
“There are families on the bus who wanted to go elsewhere and they weren’t allowed to do so. They were forced on the bus,” Adams said. “Our goal is to immediately identify the needs of each family and provide them with the assistance they need.”
The city estimated last week that 4,000 asylum seekers have entered its shelter system since late May. Adams pointed to his arrival The city was found to have violated state law last month By failing to place disadvantaged families in city shelters in a timely manner.
Abbott has ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to ferry migrants from Texas to both New York and Washington, D.C., where thousands of new arrivals have been sent since April.
“As President Biden continues to refuse to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the state of Texas has had to take unprecedented steps to keep our communities safe,” Abbott said in a statement.
“Washington, D.C., in addition to New York City, is an ideal destination for these immigrants, who can access the many city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has touted within a sanctuary city,” the statement said. “I hope he follows through on his promise to welcome all immigrants with open arms so that our border towns can find relief.”
The 14 people were dropped off at the bus station on Sunday morning after a three-day journey. Adams said officials expected 40 people to be on the bus, but others appeared to have gotten off at other stops along the route.
“What the governor of Texas has done is unthinkable, when you think about this country, a country that has always been open to victims of persecution,” Adams said. “We’ve always welcomed them. This governor hasn’t done that in Texas. But we’re going to set the right tone for these families to be here.
Immigrants who want to stay in New York will be placed in shelters if needed, while volunteers will try to help those who want to move to other cities where family members are waiting.
Adams repeated his plea for federal help to deal with the influx of asylum seekers.
“We need help, we are telling the federal government that we need help,” he said. “We’re going to get through this.”
Abbott recently invited Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to the southern border — Adams declined the invitation.
The mayor said Texas authorities were not notified of the bus push, and his administration was not notified when the buses departed or given information about the passengers.
“It’s unfortunate that the governor of Texas didn’t coordinate,” he said. “They didn’t give us any information.”
Adams declined to call for any changes in federal immigration policy, saying he would focus on getting help for immigrants to arrive.
“What Gov. Abbott is doing is cruel and misleading,” said Manuel Castro, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs. “But we won’t fall for these scare tactics, and we’re going to make sure asylum seekers have the resources and support they need in New York.”