NYC shelters are full but Adams proposes deal with 200 migrants a day

Mayor Eric Adams agreed to “welcome” migrants sent from El Paso to the Big Apple, his Democratic counterpart in that city revealed — though he slammed Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for a similar resettlement program.

The deal – which envisages the city taking in up to 200 new arrivals a day – also came as Adams repeatedly blamed the ongoing influx of migrants for overwhelming the city’s emergency shelter system, which he said on Wednesday was “declining nearing its breaking point”.

Officials in El Paso, Texas, began sending migrants to New York City on Aug. 23 while trying to cope with a flood of asylum seekers who, according to a local Pol, have “created a scene you can’t see in a third world country would see. ”

As of Wednesday, El Paso’s emergency management office had paid for 33 charter buses to travel here, a spokeswoman for the Texas city said.

On Thursday, The Post saw two buses from El Paso pull up outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan and drop off dozens of migrants.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a public meeting this week that he spoke with Adams about his decision to send a group of senior advisers to Texas last week on what he called a “fact-finding mission” to investigate… the to get real answers that we have. I’m not from Texas.”

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Mayor Eric Adams continues to open NYC to migrants even with limited resources.
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The deal is taking in 200 new arrivals daily.
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El Paso’s Office of Emergency Management paid for 33 charter buses to drop off migrants in New York.
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Leeser said they discussed El Paso’s resettlement program and that he told Adams that most of the migrants who would be sent to New York were from Venezuela.

“We are very grateful to Mayor Adams of New York that he really stood up to help us and he told me when I spoke to him that there is no Venezuelan community in New York,” Leeser said a working session of the El Paso City Council on Monday.

“But he’s going to welcome them into his community and then work with them to bring them into a community where there are peers so they can continue to be there, and that’s really important to him.”

Leeser said the influx of migrants into El Paso was “very manageable” when “we had two, three hundred a day.”

“Now we have 1,400 a day. It’s simple math: multiply 1,400 by 30 and that’s 42,000 in one month. So that’s a really big number and we need support,” he said.

Leeser also said that “The Mayor of New York was very proactive with us and we had the opportunity to speak with the Mayor of New York.”


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“He actually sent four people to El Paso to make sure they understood the process,” Leeser added.

The Adams administration first found out late last month that busloads of migrants were arriving from El Paso, the El Paso Matters website reported at the time.

In April, Abbott began sending migrants to Washington, DC, to protest what he calls President Biden’s “irresponsible open borders policy” and its impact on border communities in the Lone Star State.

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Migrants are now arriving in other major cities.
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Abbott expanded the program to New York City in early August, and on August 31 announced that the first bus from Texas had arrived in Chicago.

All three cities are run by Democratic mayors.

Meanwhile, Adams has repeatedly condemned Abbott in a very personal way, calling him cowardly, unpatriotic and a “world embarrassment”.

“He’s an anti-American governor who really goes against everything we stand for,” Adams said at a news conference last month.

In a response Friday, Adams spokesman Fabien Levy denied that the city agreed to accept the El Paso migrants.

“This is a deliberate misinterpretation of Mayor Leeser’s statements,” spokesman Fabien Levy said.

“As anyone listening to the recording can hear, the Mayor of El Paso did not say so, and Mayor Adams certainly did not offer to accept additional fines, much less ever hinted at it.”

Levy added, “The truth is clear, we are dealing with an unprecedented crisis that has pushed our city’s system to the breaking point.”

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There are talks that Mayor Adams could do more for the arriving migrants.
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However, City Hall also released a statement from Leeser, which said, “We greatly appreciate the support and cooperation of Mayor Adams, his team and the people of New York as we address this evolving situation, which is changing by the hour changes. ”

“We also work with our federal colleagues and [nongovernmental organizations] while we work to treat all people humanely while complying with the laws of the United States,” the statement added.

However, Leeser did not respond to a request for comment on Adam’s response to his statements at the council meeting.

Meanwhile, a charity worker who greeted the migrants who arrived in town from El Paso on Thursday has blasted the Adams administration for not doing enough.

“We’re getting absolutely no help from the city,” said Power Malu, executive director of Lower Manhattan-based nonprofit Artists Athletes Activists Inc.

“Whether it’s the food we feed them, whether it’s donated clothes, we get people where they need to go – everything we do comes out of our own pocket.”

City Hall did not respond to a request for comment on the comments.

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