Abbott says he’ll keep sending illegal immigrants to New York, DC amid crisis

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is not backing down from sending busloads of illegal immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C. as a way to both relieve crowded conditions in his own border cities and show mayors in other parts of the country what he’s dealing with.

“Texas will continue busing migrants to NYC & D.C. to help our overrun border communities,” Abbott said Friday.

Abbott started busing migrants to Washington, D.C. in April and only recently added New York as a stop. Some 7,000 migrants have been sent so far, with another 900 expected to be sent this month. Arizona has also sent around 1,000 migrants to Washington, D.C., and has denied sending any migrants to New York.

“This busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities,” a further statement from Texas said.

Sanctuary cities?

Both New York City and Washington have long declared themselves sanctuary cities that would welcome migrants, but they have both complained about the influx.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has asked for the National Guard to be sent to New York City to handle the “humanitarian crisis,” but the Pentagon has so far denied her request.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) has called Abbott “anti-American” and threatened to send New Yorkers to Texas to campaign against him.

“He’s a global embarrassment because this is not what we do as Americans, all of us,” Adams said.

Largest crisis

In response, Abbott has invited both mayors to visit the border and challenged their sanctuary city status.

“Why he’s ever complaining for one moment about these people being bused into a city goes against his own self-declaration of being a sanctuary city,” he said of Adams.

Abbott also said the move helped show other parts of America what it was like on the border, on a much smaller scale.

“Frankly, I don’t know of a larger crisis facing our country right now,” he said. “Before we began busing migrants to New York, it was just Texas and Arizona that bore the brunt of all the chaos and problems that come with it. Now, the rest of America can understand exactly what is going on.”

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