Another busload of frontier workers from Texas arrived in the Big Apple on Sunday morning – as a senior city official ripped off the Lone Star State governor’s policy and a former New York governor called it “brilliant.”
Thirty-one mask-wearing young adult migrants disembarked from a white bus at around 7 a.m. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, amid the ongoing public skirmish between GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the administration of Dem Mayor Eric Adams bused across the border -Cruiser.
City Hall’s director of immigration affairs, Manuel Castro, said Sunday the latest “bus full of Texas asylum seekers” was part of a shameful “political ploy.”
“We have serious problems with the way Governor Abbott is treating asylum seekers, particularly because this is supposed to be a voluntary bus ride, and it appears that is not the case,” Castro told reporters at the Manhattan facility.
The commissioner was apparently referring to reports of migrants who were sick and unfed, as well as those who were forced to make their way straight to New York City without stopping despite asking to get off the bus in Tennessee.
“We question what Governor Abbott is doing. It’s a political ploy,” Castro said.
“We’re going to talk to individuals, we’re going to find out more,” he said. “In previous buses, people were sick, hungry, they had been through a lot. … There were many problems on the way here. As you may have heard, one or more people wanted to get off early, but the bus [driver] refused to.”
The influx of migrants – many of whom are reportedly seeking political asylum in the US – into the five boroughs has prompted city officials to scramble to provide the homeless newcomers with housing, as required by law.
But former New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, said he was impressed by Abbott’s political maneuvering and said it put Adams in a bind.
“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has come up with… one of the most brilliant policies I’ve heard in a long time,” Paterson said during an appearance on WABC 770’s “Cats Roundtable,” which aired Sunday.
“I’m a Democrat. And there are a lot of things I don’t like about what he does. However, sometimes you have to tip your cap to your opponent.
“It’s really worked out for him politically,” Paterson said of Abbott. “It also put New York Mayor Eric Adams in a position where he can’t say he won’t take in the immigrants.
“First and foremost, that would go against the immigration policies of most Democrats. And if [Adams] sending the immigrants back to Texas, he’s going against … his own attempt to get the federal government to pay for them to be here.”
A city hall official said the migrants who were brought in by buses on Sunday were originally from Venezuela and Colombia. The city joined volunteers to provide them with food, water and clothing, as well as legal and medical assistance, the representative said.
Many of the migrants will eventually make their way to final destinations in New Jersey, North Carolina, Chicago and Kentucky, with volunteers helping get them there, the spokesman said.
Abbott’s press office did not respond to a request for comment.
Paterson said that while the situation puts Adams in trouble, he doesn’t think it did him any harm politically.
“I don’t think Adams will be hurt at all in this process,” the former governor told host John Catsimatidis. “But I think nationally, it’s an amazing way to focus people on the whole immigration process.”
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