Eric Adams REJECTS Greg Abbott’s invitation to border: NYC mayor says Texas gov refused cooperation

Eric Adams REJECTS Gov. Abbott’s invitation to the border, claiming he doesn’t need to see migrants crossing to recognize a crisis: NYC mayor claims Texas governor ‘REFUSED’ an offer to cooperate on bussed asylum-seekers

  • NYC Mayor Eric Adams claimed Texas Governor Greg Abbott told him they would ‘coordinate’ but then nothing came of it because it wasn’t politically ‘expedient’
  • ‘We don’t have to stand up on the border to state that the crisis he created is a real crisis,’ the mayor said on ABC News on Sunday
  • Adams claimed he sent people ‘without any proper food, water or medical care’  
  • Abbott invited Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to the border in-person
  • The NYC mayor and ex-cop rejected Abbott’s offer through his office last month
  • He sent a fact-finding task force to the border earlier in September 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday once again rejected Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s invitation to visit the southern border in-person.

The ex-cop and Democratic official told ABC News’ This Week that he did not need to physically be on the US-Mexico border to know there was a crisis, and slammed Abbott’s program of busing asylum-seekers to New York and other sanctuary cities as a ‘political ploy.’

Adams also blamed the Texas Republican for the current migrant crisis – despite the hundreds of thousands of people who have been pouring over the border since President Joe Biden took office.

He accused Abbott of willfully rejecting an offer to cooperate, claiming his office reached out once they caught word of the initial buses. 

‘We don’t have to stand up on the border to state that the crisis he created is a real crisis,’ the mayor said.

‘It is time for him to be the chief executive that he is and coordinate with every city and every state the buses pass through so we can properly coordinate as leaders of these major municipalities.’

He also dismissed Republican attacks of hypocrisy over the lack of anger at the El Paso mayor also busing migrants – explaining that the mayor had coordinated with the places he was sending buses to, while accusing Abbott of sending people up without so much as water.

‘As you saw the mayor of El Paso indicate that when you have sponsors, it’s an easier transition. If we would have properly coordinated with the governors in these Southern states and state that, let’s find where the sponsors, we have large Venezuelan communities in America,’ Adams said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams again said he would not go to the border at Texas Governor Greg Abbott's invitation on Sunday

New York City Mayor Eric Adams again said he would not go to the border at Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s invitation on Sunday

‘There was no coordination at all with Governor Abbott and Governor DeSantis, just wanted to use this political ploy instead of understanding these are people, these are families, these are human beings.’

Asked if he had any contact at all with the Texas governor as he sent people up north, Adams said: ‘We reached out to Governor Abbott when we first discovered that he was compelling people to get on the bus, he was tagging them. He was sending them on a 45-hour ride, without any proper food, water or medical care.’ 

He charged that Abbott even turned down efforts at future cooperation. 

‘We’ve reached out and stated that, let’s coordinate and work together so we can deal with this crisis together. They refused to do so,’ Adams said.

Host Jon Karl, stunned, asked: ‘Excuse me, are you saying that they wouldn’t even take – they wouldn’t even take your call?’ 

‘No, they did just the opposite,’ Adams claimed.

Adams claimed Abbott has sent people 'without any proper food, water or medical care' (Pictured: Migrants arrive from Texas via coach to Port Authority Bus Station, Manhattan, New York August 30 2022)

Adams claimed Abbott has sent people ‘without any proper food, water or medical care’ (Pictured: Migrants arrive from Texas via coach to Port Authority Bus Station, Manhattan, New York August 30 2022)

Texas governor Greg Abbott visits the US-Mexico border at the Rio Grande river in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the day that Title 42 was set to expire, May 23. Abbott has sent migrants to Washington, DC and New York City as his state becomes overwhelmed with asylum-seekers

Texas governor Greg Abbott visits the US-Mexico border at the Rio Grande river in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the day that Title 42 was set to expire, May 23. Abbott has sent migrants to Washington, DC and New York City as his state becomes overwhelmed with asylum-seekers

‘They took the call and stated that they would coordinate – I’m talking about Governor Abbott- they would coordinate, and they did not coordinate at all because I don’t think it was politically expedient for them to coordinate. It was more to do this basically political gamesmanship that you’re seeing now.’

Abbott invited Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to see the ‘humanitarian and security crisis’ firsthand in a letter early last month – after Abbott had already begun sending migrants to both of their cities. 

Adams’ press secretary Fabian Levy had blasted the move in a statement to DailyMail.com at the time.

‘Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylums seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in New York City,’ Levy said on August 1.

Adams did, however, wind up sending a ‘fact-finding’ task force to tour the border earlier this month.

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