He ain’t messing around with Texas.
Mayor Adams declined an invitation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to check out the state’s southern border after accusing the Republican leader of trying to pawn off asylum-seeking immigrants on the Big Apple.
Adams began verbally sparring with the Republican governor last month when he said the Texas and Arizona state governments were giving asylum seekers “one-way” bus tickets to the city. Abbott has responded that the Lone Star state has “bused thousands of migrants to Washington, D.C.,” but none to New York City.
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– 320,000 fentanyl pills on 7/23
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– 210,000 fentanyl pills on 7/30.
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In his Aug. 1 letter to Adams, which he also sent to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Abbott blamed President Biden for creating a “crisis” at the border, saying that he’s “watched illegal crossings hit record highs” during Biden’s time as commander-in-chief.
“In the absence of federal action, I have deployed unprecedented resources to prevent, deter, and interdict illegal immigration,” he wrote. “Texas has spent over $3 billion in the past 18 months to curtail the devastation felt by our communities large and small.”
BREAKING: One of the most massive single groups we have ever witnessed cross illegally at the border is crossing into Eagle Pass, TX right now. The line of people went so far into the trees it’s hard to get a count. Hundreds upon hundreds. Coyotes guiding them in water. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/ZjZIygarAv
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 13, 2022
Then, in what appears to be a back-handed compliment, Abbott praises Adams’ “recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis.”
“As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action,” he continued. “I also ask you to join me in requesting President Biden secure the border and put an end to this disastrous crisis.”
For weeks, Adams has been calling on Biden’s administration to send the city more money to house an influx of asylum seekers. But he’s also criticized the Republican-dominated border state, which he has said isn’t doing enough to help people fleeing danger and harsh conditions in their native countries.
“Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in New York City,” Adams spokesman Fabien Levy said in a written statement. “We continue to work with federal partners to receive additional financial resources immediately, but will never turn our backs on those in need who are arriving here.”
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