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The Democrat-run metropolis of El Paso has not too long ago began bussing migrants into New York City, however has to date not seen the form of assaults from liberal mayors and others which have confronted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The border metropolis, which has been on the entrance line of the huge migrant disaster that has raged since early 2021, has to date bused over 2,500 migrants to New York City for the reason that finish of August — in addition to about 150 migrants to Chicago.
El Paso’s Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser mentioned on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that: “The people are not coming to El Paso, they’re coming to America.”
Leeser has mentioned that the town is seeing over 1,000 migrants a day. He additionally pressured that the town remains to be caring for migrants in its care: “We put human beings on buses with food and make sure they get to their destination and make sure that we always continue to treat people like human beings,” he mentioned.
EL PASO MAYOR SAYS CITY’S GOAL IS TO HELP BUS MIGRANTS TO THEIR DESTINATIONS, TREAT THEM LIKE HUMAN BEINGS
He mentioned that one current distinction with the migrants arriving in El Paso is that lots of these from Venezuela shouldn’t have sponsors within the U.S. who can assist them and don’t have any cash.
“We have about 50% of the people today that do not have a sponsor, they do not have money, so we’re helping and working to get them to where they want to go,” the mayor mentioned.
There have been greater than 2.1 million migrant encounters on the southern border this fiscal yr to date. Of these encounters, greater than 258,000 have been within the El Paso sector alone. Federal officers have additionally been overwhelmed, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) telling Fox final week that it was releasing migrants close to El Paso shelters and bus stations as they’re over capability.
The Texas governor’s workplace has bused roughly 2,500 migrants to New York City, together with over 8,000 to Washington D.C. — together with Vice President Kamala Harris’ D.C. residence.
Abbott, together with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey — who’ve additionally transported migrants throughout the nation, have taken vital political warmth for his or her transports.
BORDER SHERIFFS SLAM DC MAYOR, OFFICIALS FOR DECLARING EMERGENCY OVER MIGRANT BUSES: ‘THEY HAVE SEEN NOTHING’
The Republican governors have mentioned that the transports are designed not solely to alleviate overwhelmed border communities, but additionally to shine a highlight on the border disaster.
“The Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for almost two years,”Abbott mentioned in a current assertion.
The strikes by the states’ governors have sparked fierce pushback from Democrats, each from the cities and throughout the nation.
“Let me say loud and clear to Greg Abbott and his enablers in Texas with these continued political stunts, Gov. Abbott has confirmed what unfortunately many of us had known already, that he is a man without any morals, humanity or shame,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned earlier this month.
Los Angeles Gov. Gavin Newsom has written to Attorney General Merrick Garland to analyze whether or not the governors sending migrants out of their states are breaking the legislation by kidnapping. The White House has accused governors of treating migrants like “chattel” and have accused the governors of luring migrants onto transports underneath false pretenses – one thing the governors have denied.
But to date, the El Paso mayor has averted comparable criticism of his buses. New York City Mayor Adams, who has been blistering in his criticism of Gov. Abbott — whose buses he has known as “inhumane” and “anti-America” — was requested this week if he was contemplating suing the mayor of El Paso like he was contemplating suing Abbott.
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Adams mentioned he was not encouraging folks to ship migrants to the City, however mentioned that Leeser had coordinated with the City in a manner that Abbott had not.
“When we reached out to the mayor of El Paso, he was willing to sit down and share what his concerns are and what our concerns are and figure out a humane way to coordinate,” he mentioned at a press convention. “And we are clear, we cannot handle all of your migrants, mayor of El Paso. But we were able to communicate with them. We were not able to do that with Governor Abbott’s team. We spoke with them, they stated they were going to inform us, and he did not.”
Fox News’ Bill Melugin and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.