Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) blasted New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) for appearing to suggest the governor is a coward for sending migrants by bus to Washington, D.C.
Abbott issued the searing response in a press release and posted to Twitter on Friday.
“Mayor Adams’ problem is not with Texas. It is with President Biden’s refusal to stop this border crisis and secure our southern border,” Abbott wrote.
“President Biden’s open border policies created this ongoing humanitarian crisis, allowing record-high illegal crossings and deadly drugs like fentanyl to flood into our state. A crisis that has overrun and overwhelmed our border towns and communities across our state, whose requests for help have gone ignored and unanswered by the Biden Administration,” he added.
Abbott argued that his bus program was designed to send migrants to the nation’s capital, not to New York City. Instead, the Biden administration has authorized flights of migrants to Adams’ state.
“I launched our border busing mission back in April to help our local partners, busing over 5,500 migrants to Washington, D.C. so far. Texas has not bused any migrants to New York,” Abbott noted. “Instead, it is President Biden who has flown planeloads of migrants to New York. Mayor Adams should address his frustration with migrants to the root cause: Joe Biden.”
Adams attacked both Abbott and Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) over their migrant busing programs during a news conference from City Hall on Thursday.
“Our country is home of the free, land of the brave,” Adams said, according to the New York Post. “We do not become cowards and send people away who are looking for help.”
Adams also claimed the mass influx of migrants coming to New York is putting a strain on the city he leads.
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