Texas slams Eric Adams as a ‘hypocrite’ over his NYC migrant apocalypse warning and says Big Apple is dealing with only a fraction of what Lone Star state has dealt with YEARS – and tells him to blame Biden NOT them
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been branded a ‘hypocrite’ after he warned the migrant crisis will destroy the Big Apple – as Texas officials say he is struggling with only a fraction of what they have dealt with for years.
Last August, Adams said he was ‘proud’ that New York was a sanctuary state as buses of migrants began arriving from the southern border. But the buses never stopped, and the mayor grew emotional on Wednesday as he admitted he ‘doesn’t see an ending’ to the issue that is set to cost the city $12 billion over three years.
Over 13,000 of the migrants that have stretched the city’s resources have been sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who began shuttling refugees last August to bring the crisis in his state into the national spotlight.
The governor was dubbed a ‘madman’ by Adams this week for the move, but in a scathing rebuke Abbott’s press secretary said the mayor’s hypocrisy was ‘astounding.’
‘Mayor Adams was proud to tout his self-described sanctuary city status until Texas began busing migrants to New York City to provide relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities,’ Abbott’s press secretary Andrew Mahaleris said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
When questioned before about his aggressive approach to the migrant crisis, Abbott has previously contended that he is filling ‘dangerous gaps created by the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border.’
On Tuesday, the governor said his state government had bussed over 35,000 asylum seekers to self-declared sanctuary cities, with over 13,300 sent to New York since August 2022.
‘With millions of residents, New York is only dealing with a fraction of what our small border communities deal with on a day-to-day basis,’ Mahaleris continued in his statement.
‘Instead of complaining about 13,000 migrants sent from Texas, Mayor Adams should be calling out his party leader, President Biden, who has been flying planeloads of migrants all around the country and oftentimes in the cover of night, straining state and local resources across the country.
‘Until President Biden steps up and does his job, Texas will continue busing migrants to sanctuary cities to provide relief to our overwhelmed border towns.’
Adams has pleaded with the federal government to ‘step up’ amid the crisis, and has said the lack of intervention is leading people from ‘all over the globe’ to head for the border in hopes of ending up in the Big Apple.
‘Now we are getting people from all over the globe have made their minds up that they’re going to come through the southern part of the border and come into New York City,’ he said.
‘And everyone is saying it’s New York City’s problem. Every community in this city is going to be impacted.’
He added that it will cost the city over $4 billion this fiscal year, and without any help from the federal government it will come out of the city’s budget. That amount is equal to the budgets for the city’s sanitation, fire and parks departments combined.
But when the first buses arrived last August in Manhattan’s Port Authority, he boasted: ‘As the mayor of New York, I have to provide services families that are here, and that’s what we’re going to do – our responsibility as a city, and I’m proud that this is a Right to Shelter state, and we’re going continue to do that.’
A large number of refugees who have flooded over the US-Mexico border in recent years have fled from Venezuela amid the nation’s economic decline. From 2015 to 2018, only around 100 Venezuelans were stopped annually at the border. From October 2021 to August 2022, that number stood at 150,000.
However, experts and city officials now say a significant number of the migrants have come from Africa, particularly Senegal and Nigeria.
Abbott’s move to begin bussing migrants in August 2022 came over a year after he launched ‘Operation Lone Star’, an initiative that allowed him to take sweeping action against asylum seekers filling Texas towns.
He issues a disaster declaration in May 2021 in over 50 counties – most on or near the border – which granted him authority to deploy Texas National Guard troops and advanced his powers to detain.
According to analysis by The Texas Tribune, ProPublica and The Marshall Project published in March 2022, the project costs taxpayers $2.5 million every week.
Abbott’s handling of the migrant crisis in his own state took a major hit this week, however, as a judge ordered him to remove a floating barrier that the governor had placed on a river between the US and Mexico to deter border crossings.
The large buoys were placed in the river over the summer by Abbott’s administration as part of the Republican’s escalating attempts to stop immigrants.
The problems at the southern border were significantly escalated when Title 42, a pandemic-era border policy that gave officials advanced powers to detain people, ended in May.
The day the policy expired on May 12, the number of illegal border crossings topped 10,000 – a figure that was maintained for several days.
As the number of migrants surged, the issues Texas has dealing with the refugee crisis was laid bare as its shelters were stretched far beyond capacity.
At the time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held up to 28,000 migrants at its facilities, far beyond its stated capacity and in what appeared to be a record, two federal officials requesting anonymity and the Border Patrol’s union said.
As the flood of migrants have made their way to New York City, Adams has desperately turned to a variety of city landmarks, makeshift shelters and temporary housing as short-term solutions.
The mayor’s desperation to provide housing even saw him propose moving refugees into Manhattan’s notorious MCC prison – the same run-down facility where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in 2019.
Families have been prioritized for spaces in the hotels, leaving thousands to wait on streets for space to open up or move to shelters.
Last month, the city’s deputy mayor for health and human services Anne Williams-Isom said the number of migrants in New York’s homeless shelters is over 57,000 – over half the total.