Posted 6 days ago
New York City Mayor Eric Adams rejected an invitation from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the U. S.-Mexico border despite decrying an influx of migrants overwhelming homeless shelters in the Big Apple.
In a letter addressed to Adams and Washington, D. C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on the first of the month, Abbott, a Republican, said Texas has spent over $3 billion in the past 18 months "to curtail the devastation felt by our communities large and small."
While Abbott asserted that the crisis was created by President Biden, as illegal crossings have hit record highs repeatedly since he took the helm as commander and chief, Adams, a Democrat, has spent the past month criticizing the "callousness" of southern border states' leadership, such as in Texas and Arizona, for busing migrants elsewhere.
Abbott said that although Texas has been organizing bus rides for migrants to the U. S. capital, he has not been busing them to the Big Apple like Adams has claimed in recent weeks.
"Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development—especially as the President and his Administration have shown no remorse for their actions nor desire to address the situation themselves," Abbott wrote in an apparent double-edged comment toward Adams and Bowser, who have been his frequent critics. "As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action. I also ask you to join me in requesting President Biden secure the border and put an end to this disastrous crisis."
He told the mayors that Biden’s "reckless open border policies have created a dangerous environment not only for tens of millions of Texans, but for communities all across the nation, including yours."
"We agree that this crisis demands immediate federal action to prevent the flood of deadly fentanyl, now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45, the unimaginable horrors caused by human smuggling and trafficking, the known terrorists from entering our country, and the countless other crimes that have been committed by the hundreds of thousands of ‘gotaways’ that the Biden Administration has let slip through," Abbott wrote. "I look forward to welcoming you the Texas-Mexico border so that you can see this crisis for yourself. Please contact my office to make travel arrangements for your visits."
But a spokesman for Adams’ flatly rejected the offer to visit the border.
"Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in New York City," Adams’ spokesman, Fabien Levy, said in a written statement. "We continue to work with federal partners to receive additional financial resources immediately, but will never turn our backs on those in need who are arriving here."
In a statement released in conjunction with the letter Monday, the governor's office said "Texas has bused thousands of migrants to Washington, D. C. who would have otherwise been released into small border communities with more limited resources than the nation’s capital." Last month, Abbott responded to Adams’ "false accusations attacking the mission by calling on the mayor to direct his complaints to President Biden for refusing to secure the southern border," the statement added.... (Read more)