New York City Mayor Eric Adams has sent a “fact-finding” delegation to America’s southern border in the latest move in the ongoing political battle with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the busing of illegal immigrants to New York City, Chicago and other “sanctuary cities.”
The delegation from Adams’ office met with Border Patrol officials on Tuesday in Eagle Pass, Texas, a town along the shores of the Rio Grande. The area is a hot spot for migrants, who have been crossing by the hundreds each day. Adams’ office accused Abbott’s office of being “unresponsive” and turning the situation “into a political sideshow.”
“We’ve sent members of the team down on a fact-finding mission to hear directly from folks on the ground along the southern border and get the real answers we’re not getting from Texas, including whether they are sending asylum seekers to New York City even if they prefer to go elsewhere,” Adams’ press secretary Fabian Levy said in a statement.
“Here in New York, we will continue to welcome asylum seekers with open arms, as we learn more about the process, meet with real partners, and see, firsthand, the reportedly inhumane conditions in which asylum seekers are being subjected to by the state of Texas,” he continued.
The delegation’s trip included a tour of Customs and Border Protection’s new temporary processing facility in Eagle Pass, which is packed with migrants and can house 1,000 people. Migrants usually stay at the facility for 72 hours or less while they are processed before being released or deported.
Abbott’s office has transported approximately 1,900 migrants to New York City since the beginning of August, as well as over 7,000 to Washington, D.C., since April. Abbott began sending buses to Chicago last week, much to the chagrin of liberal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
On Tuesday, Abbott’s office reiterated his invitation for Adams to see the border in person.
“Governor Abbott’s invitation is still open for Mayor Adams to come visit our southern border and see firsthand the devastating impacts of the Biden-made crisis on border towns smaller than a NYC borough – instead of sending his staffers on a secret trip to Texas,” press secretary Renae Eze said in a statement.
Abbott has said that the move is an attempt to grant relief from overwhelmed border communities, which have seen more than 200,000 migrants in recent months, and over 2 million this fiscal year alone. It is also an attempt to draw attention to the crisis at the border, which he blames on the policies of President Joe Biden and his administration.
He has also pointed to the status of Chicago, D.C. and New York City as “sanctuary” jurisdictions that claim they are welcoming towards illegal immigrants and limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
“Adams talked the talk about being a sanctuary city — welcoming illegal immigrants into the Big Apple with warm hospitality. Talk is cheap. When pressed into fulfilling such ill-considered policies, he wants to condemn anyone who is pressing him to walk the walk,” Abbott said in a New York Post op-ed.
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