Few progressive governors have been more vocal about their inability to handle the consequences of progressive policies than New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has bashed Republicans for daring to bus illegal migrants to the Big Apple and criticized President Biden’s administration for allowing the crisis to happen.
Adam’s own attempts at housing the migrants have resulted in PR nightmares, as New Yorkers have understandably balked at the idea of putting them up in ritzy hotels, public schools, and in their own private residences.
Government run Airbnb, anyone? Mayor Eric Adams suggests housing illegal migrants in private residences in New York:
“It is my vision to take the next step to this faith-based locales and then move to a private residence… They have spare rooms.” pic.twitter.com/14tnBBA0qh
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) June 6, 2023
“No city should be carrying this burden,” Adams said in May. “This is a national problem and it needs a national solution.”
Except, apparently, for the cities of Hizzoner’s choosing.
It turns out, Adams has sent dozens of migrants to Florida, Texas, and beyond.
“Between April 2022 and April 2023, New York City spent around $50,000 to resettle 114 migrant households in cities around the U.S. and the globe, according to information obtained exclusively by POLITICO through a public information request,” POLITICO reports. “Some were sent to countries in South America — and one all the way to China.”
Adams sent 28 families to Florida, and another 14 to Texas, according to the outlet, which quickly notes that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has moved thousands more families out of the Lone Star State.
POLITICO explains that “the mayor is trying every possible release valve from busing asylum-seekers to other destinations to housing them in former jails.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 9, 2023
Still, the outlet concedes, “the fact that New York City paid for trips to Republican strongholds could further inflame national tensions on a subject that is sure to influence both Congressional races and President Joe Biden’s reelection bid.”
Yes, “tensions” could result from what many will likely see as more liberal hypocrisy, especially given that just last month Adams called the practice of relocating migrants “inhumane” and accused Abbott of being a “morally bankrupt” racist for doing it.
“This weekend, we learned that Governor Abbott is once again deciding to play politics with people’s lives by resuming the busing of asylum seekers to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C.,” Adams tweeted in May. “Not only is this behavior morally bankrupt and devoid of any concern for the well-being of asylum seekers, but it is also impossible to ignore the fact that Abbott is now targeting five cities run by Black mayors. Put plainly, Abbott is using this crisis to hurt Black-run cities.”
“Despite Abbott’s inhumane actions, New York City will continue to do all it can to handle this influx,” Adams vowed, “but this crisis is more than one city can handle.”
This weekend, we learned that Governor Abbott is once again deciding to play politics with people’s lives by resuming the busing of asylum seekers to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C.
Not only is this behavior morally bankrupt and devoid of any…
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) May 1, 2023
“Less than three weeks ago, Mayor Adams said busing migrants is ‘morally bankrupt.’ Where is all the outrage and condemnation from the White House and Democrats for one of their own sending migrants out of town, out of state, and even out of the country?” asked Abbott spokesperson Andrew Mahaleris in a statement, according to POLITICO. “Instead of these hypocritical charades, Mayor Adams needs to call on President Biden and Congress to step up and do their jobs to secure the southern border.”
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