In response to the migrant crisis, Texas has added New York City to its list of sanctuary cities.
On Friday (August 5), Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced that the first bus headed to New York had arrived in the Manhattan borough earlier on Friday morning and dropped off migrants at Gate 14 at the Authority Bus Terminal.
The news of the migrants being bused to New York City comes as part of Abbott’s response to the Biden administration’s “open border policies” that have overwhelmed Southern border towns.
He noted that the “unprecedented” measure was taken to keep border communities safe.
Abbott also noted that similar to Washington, D.C., New York City was the “ideal destination” for migrants as they can “receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city.”
The Governor of Texas also hoped Adams “follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”
New York City is one of the few cities with a right to housing law that would require the city to provide emergency shelter for any unhoused person.
Last month, Adams wrongfully accused Arizona and Texas of bussing migrants to New York City, which both states denied.
Then, earlier this week, Abbott invited Adams and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to visit Texas to see the Southern border.
A spokesperson for Adams responded to the request in a statement, saying, “Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Gov. Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in New York City.”
The statement continued, saying NYC would “never turn our backs on those in need who are arriving here.”