Democratic mayors pressure Biden on border as GOP migrant strategy bears fruit

Republicans’ approach of busing migrants through major US cities to highlight border issues could work now that the influx of people has prompted the Democratic mayors of New York and Washington, D.C. to call the president Joe Biden help.

On Tuesday, New York Mayor Eric Adams demanded that the federal government help pay for the wave of asylum seekers heading to the most densely populated city in the country, warning that resources are running out quickly due to the buses full of people pouring in, especially given the city’s “right to shelter” mandate that guarantees beds for homeless asylum seekers.

“Currently, New York City is experiencing a marked increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving from Latin America and other regions,” Adams said in a statement. “In some cases families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government.”

His remarks echo those of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who went on national television over the weekend to say that the city’s homeless shelters were being filled by buses sent by the governors of Texas and arizona.

New York Mayor Eric Adams (left) and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (right) called on the federal government to help deal with the influx of asylum seekers their cities have recently known.
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While Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona denied sending migrants to New York, both admitted to running buses to DC as part of an effort to bring what they called a border crisis on Biden’s doorstep.

Abbott started sending people in April, while Ducey joined in May. Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent at least 4,000 migrants on around 100 buses to the nation’s capital.

On Sunday, Bowser told CBS Confront the Nation that the influx of people to DC “is a very significant issue”.

“We’ve certainly called on the federal government to work across state lines to keep people from being really tricked into getting on the buses,” she said. “I fear they are trapped in nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are anywhere in the United States of America.”

The stress that busloads of migrants have placed on predominantly Democratic towns appears to work in favor of the GOP, which said northern towns are experiencing only “a fraction of the disaster” that border towns have experienced lately. month.

“Border communities are overrun and overwhelmed, and Governor Abbott launched the Border Bus Mission in April to help provide support to those communities seeking assistance where the Biden administration is dumping migrants,” said Renae Eze, spokeswoman for Abbott, told Fox News on Monday.

“With our country’s capital now experiencing a fraction of the disaster created by President Biden’s reckless open border policies that our state faces every day, perhaps he will finally do his job and secure the border. “

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Tuesday’s briefing that the administration had been in contact with Adams and Bowser and would consider their requests.

When asked if Biden would contact Abbott and Ducey to urge governors to stop sending migrants, Jean-Pierre referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While Biden has seen a record number of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border under his administration’s policies, the June report from Customs and Border Protection showed a drop in encounters, falling to 207 416 after four consecutive months of increase.


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