Two busloads of migrants shipped from Texas arrived in Midtown Friday morning, while others made it out of the Big Apple after failing to secure beds in congested local shelters.
The influx of asylum seekers from South and Central America to the Port Authority comes as Mayor Eric Adams flashed on a morning talk show, boasting that no one could have been more prepared for this crisis than his administration.
“We have had an ongoing humanitarian response as asylum seekers arrived here, and I’m really proud of the response of all of our interagency interactions,” Adams said in a phone interview with WCBS 880.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent busloads of migrants to majority-democratized cities like New York City and Washington DC after blaming the blue states and President Biden for lax immigration policies that have drawn thousands of migrants to border towns in the Lone Star State .
New York City’s already overburdened emergency shelter system has been called upon to accommodate the newcomers, who are arriving in a steady stream seeking help.
On Friday, men, women and children arriving on buses from Texas were picked up at the Port Authority by volunteers from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, who helped them complete paperwork at a table laden with Dunkin’ Donuts refreshments.
Nurses were also on hand to give the group COVID tests and take their blood pressure and temperature.
Asylum seekers fresh off the bus were offered take away food containers before carrying bags of clothes to the next ‘station’.
The migrants were then escorted to the busy transport hub and placed in taxis or ride-sharing services. Some seemed confused and unsure of where they were going.
Meanwhile, the mayor touted his government’s response to the migrant crisis.
“We made sure that nearly 5,000 people were assigned housing,” he told WCBS. “The city has done a great job and the people who work in the agencies have to do it.”
Asked about reports that 600 asylum seekers were being housed in a Midtown shelter in violation of a state law that limits shelters to 200 beds, Adams said he was not aware.
“I’ll take care of it if that happens,” he said. “We will always abide by the law. And if there are any missteps, we will always take corrective action because our goal is to ensure that we take appropriate humanitarian action in response to this crisis we are facing.”]
Adams also disputes The Post’s reporting that migrants in urban shelters are given preferential treatment compared to homeless locals, leading some to grumble.
“That’s not true. Everyone is treated with the dignity they deserve,” Adams said during an interview with Fox 5’s Good Day New York.
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