Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invited Mayor Eric Adams to “look into the dire situation” at the southern border, with City Hall countering that Abbott only wanted a “photo-op at the border” as thousands of migrants descended on the Big Apple. Huh.
Abbott sent the proposal to Adams and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday as both major cities struggle to provide services and resources to support the surge of migrants who have arrived in recent weeks.
Abbott wrote, “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 willingness to address the situation themselves.” expressed.”
“As governor, I invite you to visit our border area to see the fire situation that becomes more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with local officials, whoever you like.” do, feel that this matter deserves immediate federal action.”
City Hall rejected Abbott’s request in a statement Monday.
“Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energies and resources on providing aid and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work in New York City,” said Fabian Levy, Adams said ‘ Press Secretary.
“We continue to work with federal partners to immediately obtain additional financial resources, but will never turn our backs on those in need who come here.”
On July 19, Adams called on President Biden to send “additional federal resources immediately” to the city’s shelters overburdened with migrants seeking asylum.
Adams fought last month in a war of words with Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, accusing both Republican leaders of sending migrants on buses into the city.
“Our country is the free, the land of the brave,” Adams said during a news conference on July 21. “We don’t become cowards and send people away in search of help.”
While Texas and Arizona have sent busloads of migrants to DC, he notes that it was the Fed, not his state, busing people to New York.
Last month Bowser pleaded with the National Guard for assistance with the number of migrants arriving in DC, saying the nation’s capital had reached a “tipping point.”
Abbott, in Monday’s letter, criticized Biden’s “reckless open border policies” that led to “a dangerous environment not only for millions of Texans, but for communities across the country, including you.”
“As law enforcement agents at the Texas-Mexico border respond to thousands of illegal crossings every day, risking their lives for Texans and all Americans, the crisis not only draws the attention of the Biden administration, which is responsible for There is border security, but that of leaders across the country,” Abbott wrote.
Abbott instructed both mayors to contact his office to make travel arrangements if they intended to travel.