New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), when asked about building shelters for asylum seekers during a recent interview, accused Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) of trying to undermine cities with black mayors by busing migrants to New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Abbott has contended since the bussing began in April that the sole purpose was to call attention to the need for help at the border from the federal government.
Abbott’s Press Secretary, Renae Eze said, “President Biden’s reckless open border policies have created an ongoing crisis. Until President Biden and Congress do their jobs and secure our southern border, Texas will continue utilizing every strategy to address this border crisis and protect Texans.”
Abbott continues to hold firm in the fact that he will continue to send migrants out of Texas to both call Biden to send help and to provide some immediate relief from the 2.2 million people who are being encountered on the border every year.
Adams echoed very similar sentiments recently when asked about the migrants coming into his city. When discussing the problem, he said, “This is a national problem, it needs a national response. And that is why we call on Washington to respond to this on a national level. This differs from the everyday shelter system. This is a migrant crisis, and we must focus on that. Everyone that comes to this city — we are going to ensure that we fulfill our obligation of getting them housing. But this is a migrant humanitarian crisis that we are facing.”
When Abbott sends a fraction of the migrants entering his state, less than 30,000 out of more than 2 million, to New York City, essentially begging for federal aid, Adams calls him a racist.
When Adams has to potentially house 4,000 migrants for a few weeks, he validates himself by doing the same thing Abbott is doing, begging for federal aid.
First up: the influx of asylum seekers. In response to @NYCSpeakerAdams and several council members’ statement criticizing @NYCMayor’s plan for housing the thousands of people who have been bused to the city, Adams said his team has “really focused on this crisis.” pic.twitter.com/yXOLRVT9Xr
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) October 5, 2022
Adams was asked directly, “You think these cities are being targeted, including New York, because they have Black mayors?”
He replied, “Well, I don’t know if it’s Black mayors or if it’s just going to northern cities, but something is wrong. I mean, we have thousands of cities in this country. Why are we specifically targeting Washington, Chicago, and New York? There’s something wrong with that and I believe there needs to be a national response to give the assistance to these three important cities in our country.”
In Adams’ last sentence, it appears that the “importance” of those three cities eclipses the importance of the border towns in Texas.