Texas Governor Greg Abbott has released a statement in response to comments by New York City Mayor Eric Adams accusing Abbott of being a coward for sending migrants by bus to Washington, D.C.
“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,” Abbott continued. “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.”
“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,” Abbott added. “Texas has not bused any migrants to New York. 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.”
Mayor Adams should address his frustration w/ migrants to the root cause: Joe Biden.
I launched our border busing mission in April to help our local communities.
Biden has flown planeloads of migrants to NY.
The problem is not Texas. It's Biden's REFUSAL to secure our border. pic.twitter.com/cPGgoL8n9B
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 22, 2022
Adams had attacked both Abbott and Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) for their migrant busing programs last week.
“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.”
“We already have an overburdened shelter system. So now we’re talking about, as you stated, food, clothing, schools,” Adams added. “This is going to impact our schools because we do not turn away individuals because they’re undocumented, need translation services. There’s just a whole host of things that this is going to produce. And that’s why we need help in getting this done and we need to write coordination to make it happen.”
The news comes shortly after Customs and Border Protection released data showing that illegal immigration remains at record high levels with illegal immigration in fiscal year 2022 already outpacing the previous year.
“CBP announces 207,416 migrant encounters at the border in June, down from the record high of 239,000 in May, but the fourth month in a row of more than 200,000. There were 15,272 unaccompanied children in June, an increase over May (14,678). 6 terror watchlist hits in June,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.
“There have now been 1,746,119 encounters at the southern border in FY’22, already eclipsing the record setting 1,734,686 set in all of FY’21 and there are still 3 months left in FY’22. This year is on pace to absolutely shatter last year’s record and push over 2 million,” Melugin added.
There have now been 1,746,119 encounters at the southern border in FY'22, already eclipsing the record setting 1,734,686 set in all of FY'21 and there are still 3 months left in FY'22.
This year is on pace to absolutely shatter last year’s record and push over 2 million @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 16, 2022
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