Almost a quarter of all migrants passing through a shelter in El Paso, Texas, want to go to New York City and will not be forced onto buses against their will, according to the head of the charity that runs them.
Blake Barrow, CEO of the El Paso Rescue Mission, released an open letter Wednesday asking the Biden administration for help with the migrant crisis, which he says has overwhelmed his organization.
“We have all heard press reports about migrants being buses to different parts of the country. Here are the facts as I saw them: Almost all migrants arrive with an idea of an ultimate destination,” Blake Barrow, CEO of the El Paso Rescue Mission, wrote in an open letter published Wednesday.
“About 20% of them want to go to New York. The city has chartered buses to New York to help those who desire that destination. I don’t know of anyone who has been put on a bus to New York who didn’t want to go there,” Barrow continued.
Mario D’Agostino, El Paso’s deputy health manager, confirmed that most migrants entering the United States via Mexico want to go to New York.
“By far the vast majority of them have asked to go to New York City,” he told Fox News. “We also had several large groups asking to go to Chicago.”
These statements appear to contradict New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ claims that migrants are being forced onto buses bound for the Big Apple even if they wanted to go elsewhere.
“Some of the families are on the bus who wanted to go to other places and they weren’t allowed to do that. They were forced onto the bus,” Adams said in August. “Our goal is to identify each family’s needs immediately and give them the support they need.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has sent busloads of asylum seekers to New York and other Democratic strongholds to teach their leaders a lesson about the gravity of the border crisis.
According to the latest data, a record 13,000 migrants have arrived in New York City after crossing the southern border, overwhelming the already strained local protection system.
In his open letter, Barrow of the El Paso Rescue Mission asked officials in Washington DC for help, saying the number of migrants pouring into El Paso — a city of 680,000 just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – is “so large that it overwhelms the housing and support services that the city can provide”.
Barrow said his shelter has taken in about 500 migrants – all from Venezuela who need basic necessities like showers, clothing and food.
“Obviously we need a well-coordinated, federal solution to this issue, but so far no one from Washington has asked our opinion,” the CEO wrote, adding that his charity is now more than doubling due to the influx of homeless and hungry newcomers Served many meals like two weeks ago, straining his grocery budget.
“When hungry people come before us, we will feed them and shelter as many people as possible,” Barrow wrote.
Mayor Adams on Tuesday refused to blame President Biden for the escalating migrant crisis, instead pointing the finger at GOP governors for bringing asylum seekers into the Big Apple in a “political stunt.”
Adams previously railed against Gov. Abbott for shipping migrants from Texas to New York, but he still agreed to receive more migrants sent by the mayor of El Paso, a fellow Democrat.
Adams also lashed out at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who sparked controversy last week when he chartered two planes to fly more than 50 migrants to the wealthy, liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
So far this fiscal year, border guards have reported more than 1.94 million encounters, up from 1.73 million encounters for all of 2021 and just over 458,000 in 2020.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/22/migrants-being-sent-to-nyc-not-forced-onto-buses-texas-shelter-boss-says/ Migrants sent to NYC won’t be forced on buses, says Texas shelter boss