One other busload of border-crossers from Texas arrived in the Large Apple on Sunday morning — as a high metropolis official ripped the Lone Star State governor’s coverage and a former New York gov referred to as it “brilliant.”
Thirty-one mask-wearing, young-adult migrants received off a white bus about 7 a.m. at Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal amid the ongoing public war of words between GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Dem Mayor Eric Adams’ administration about the bussed border-crossers.
Metropolis Corridor’s head of Immigrant Affairs, Manuel Castro, on Sunday mentioned the newest “bus full of asylum seekers coming from Texas” was a part of a shameful “political ploy.
“We have serious issues about the way Gov. Abbott is treating asylum-seekers, especially because this is supposed to be a voluntary bus ride, and it appears that it’s not,” Castro advised reporters on the Manhattan facility.
The commissioner was apparently referencing reports about sick and unfed migrants, in addition to those that have been pressured to come back on to New York Metropolis with out stopping regardless of asking to get off the bus in Tennessee.
“We’re calling into question what Gov. Abbott is doing. This is a political ploy,” Castro mentioned.
“We’ll talk to individuals, we’ll find out more,” he mentioned. “In previous buses, people were sick, hungry, they had been through a lot. … There have been a lot of issues on the way here. As you may have heard, one individual, or many individuals, wanted to get off earlier, but the bus [driver] was refusing to.”
The inflow of migrants — a lot of whom are reportedly pursuing political asylum in the US — to the 5 boroughs has left metropolis officers scrambling to provide shelter for the homeless newcomers, which is required by law.
However ex-New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, mentioned he’s impressed by Abbott’s political maneuvering, explaining that it put Adams in a bind.
“The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has come up with … one of the most brilliant political strategies I’ve heard in a long time,” Paterson mentioned throughout an look on WABC 770’s “Cats Roundtable” that aired Sunday.
“I’m a Democrat. And there are lots of issues I don’t like about what he’s doing. Nevertheless, generally it’s important to tip your cap to your opponent.
“It has really paid dividends to him politically,” Paterson mentioned of Abbott. “As well as, it has put New York’s Mayor Eric Adams in the place the place he can’t say he gained’t settle for the immigrants.
“That would be going against what has been the policy most Democrats have on immigration in the first place. And if [Adams] sends the immigrants back to Texas, he is … going against his own attempt to get the federal government to help pay for the fact that they are here.”
A Metropolis Corridor rep mentioned Sunday’s bussed-in migrants are initially from Venezuela and Colombia. Town joined volunteers in offering them with meals, water and clothes, in addition to authorized and medical help, the consultant mentioned.
Lots of the migrants will finally head to remaining locations in New Jersey, North Carolina, Chicago and Kentucky, with volunteers serving to to get them there, the rep mentioned.
Abbott’s press workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Paterson mentioned that whereas the scenario places Adams in a bind, he doesn’t assume it has harmed him politically.
“I don’t think Adams is being hurt in this process at all,” the previous governor advised host John Catsimatidis. “But I think nationally, it’s an amazing way to focus people on the whole immigration process.”