Eric Adams calls Govs. Abbott and Ducey ‘cowards’ for sending migrants to DC

Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday referred to as the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona “cowards” for busing asylum-seeking migrants to Washington, DC — and urged they lied about not additionally sending migrants to New York Metropolis.

“Our nation is dwelling of the free, land of the courageous,” Adams mentioned throughout a Metropolis Corridor information convention on the subject.

You are reading: Eric Adams calls Govs. Abbott and Ducey ‘cowards’ for sending migrants to DC

“We don’t change into cowards and ship folks away who’re in search of assist.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have each publicized their efforts to ship migrants to the nation’s capital in response to President Biden’s immigration insurance policies however on Tuesday denied sending any to New York Metropolis.

When requested about these assertions, Adams rejected them.

“Now the people who find themselves sending folks away, they let you know they did one thing in another way and robotically you imagine them? I need you to deal with me that manner,” the Democratic mayor mentioned with fun.

They deny that they sent any migrants to New York.
Each Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have each publicized their efforts to ship migrants to DC.
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“You imagine them? , the mere undeniable fact that they despatched folks out of their state — people who find themselves searching for refuge in our nation — they despatched them away.”

Adams added: “All of us got here from someplace. Even from Texas, they got here from someplace. And so, they need to not have despatched folks away that was searching for refuge.”

“So, they need to justify that in their very own little manner of claiming, ‘We, we despatched them to Washington’ so they may do a layover after which come to New York — they’ll say what they need,” he mentioned.

“They had been fallacious. They ended up right here as a result of they didn’t get the assist there.”

A spokesperson for Abbott reiterated Thursday that it’s not Texas that’s sending migrants to the Large Apple, as an alternative suggesting the Biden administration is the wrongdoer. 

“Mayor Adams ought to test with President Biden if his administration is the one dumping migrants in his metropolis, as they’ve been doing to Texas border cities for months,” mentioned Abbott press secretary Renae Eze.

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The escalating, cross-country disagreement got here after Adams first accused the 2 governors on Tuesday of transport the migrants to New York Metropolis. They accused Biden of constructing “baseless political accusations” and mentioned he “must get his details straight.”

Both have denied Adams' claims.
Adams bashed the governors earlier this week for reportedly sending migrants to NYC.
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On the time, Adams additionally mentioned “it seems that people are being despatched by the federal authorities.”

Throughout Thursday’s information convention, Adams mentioned that “our staff has been in fixed contact with the White Home” and once more referred to as on Biden to supply the town with cash “to cope with this unprecedented surge” of migrants into the town’s overloaded shelter system.

Division of Social Providers Commissioner Gary Jenkins mentioned the most recent estimate was that greater than 3,000 migrants have arrived within the metropolis since Could, together with “a major uptick in households with kids.”

Adams additionally acknowledged that the town violated the regulation when 4 households spent greater than six hours in a single day on the Division of Homeless Providers’ consumption heart in The Bronx late Monday and early Tuesday.

And Hizzoner lashed out on the Authorized Assist Society for issuing a Wednesday evening assertion that condemned his administration over the incident and accused him of making an attempt to “cowl up for this gross malfeasance” by “blaming asylum seekers for including to the New York Metropolis’s burgeoning shelter census.”

“If these households had been sleeping on the ground for days, like we’ve carried out earlier than, I might perceive the Authorized Assist’s critique,” he mentioned.

“However to critique an administration that’s compassionate to deal with 3,000 folks — 4 households, that ought to not have been there. There was no motive for us to cowl it up.”

In an announcement afterward, the Authorized Assist Society and the Coalition for the Homeless mentioned that Adams “isn’t talking the entire reality.”

“We spoke to eight households with kids this morning who slept on the ground final evening on the Metropolis’s shelter consumption heart within the Bronx, along with the 4 households the Mayor acknowledged who had slept there Sunday evening,” the assertion mentioned.

“This humanitarian disaster reveals no signal of abating anytime quickly no matter what number of press conferences the Mayor holds to hide the truth.”

Adams’ remarks got here hours after an earlier occasion on the Javits Middle throughout which he, Gov. Kathy Hochul and different Democratic officers introduced a proposal to have New York Metropolis host the 2024 Democratic Nationwide Conference.

This comes as the city's shelters are over-capacity.
Migrants have been despatched to the town with no native ties.
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On his manner out, The Put up requested Adams in regards to the homeless migrant disaster, prompting him to assert, “That is one of the best metropolis for people who find themselves searching for shelter.”

“Nowhere higher than New York,” he added out of earshot of his fellow pols.

On Wednesday, The Put up solely revealed that the Biden administration has despatched migrants to New York Metropolis regardless of not having household or different ties right here.

One migrant from Venezuela, who spoke to The Put up outdoors a homeless consumption heart in The Bronx, mentioned immigration officers in San Antonio, Texas, organized an appointment for her, her husband and their 4 children to fulfill with a lawyer in The Bronx so they may search asylum, despite the fact that they didn’t ask to be despatched to New York.

One other migrant cited “adventuring” as the explanation why he, his spouse and 4 kids took a Greyhound bus to the Large Apple after crossing the US-Mexico border into San Antonio.

On Tuesday, Adams issued a ready assertion during which he mentioned greater than 2,800 migrants sought government-funded housing within the metropolis in current weeks.

Hizzoner additionally referred to as on Biden to ship “further federal assets instantly.”

“If we don’t get these urgently wanted assets, we could battle to supply the right degree of assist our purchasers deserve, whereas additionally dealing with challenges as we serve each a quickly rising shelter inhabitants and new purchasers who’re searching for asylum,” he mentioned on the time.

Mayoral spokesman Fabien Levy mentioned Thursday that he was unaware migrants had been being directed to the Large Apple by federal officers however that Metropolis Corridor has “had a number of optimistic conversations with the White Home.”

On Tuesday, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned the Biden administration has “been in contact” with Adams’ workplace and directed reporters to the Federal Emergency Administration Company, which she mentioned was the “lead company” for the matter.

Final yr, FEMA introduced $110 million in obtainable funding for “nonprofit, faith-based and governmental entities which have offered, or will present, humanitarian reduction to people and households on the southern border with shelter, meals and supportive companies.”

A FEMA spokesperson mentioned Thursday that the company was making ready to difficulty an announcement.

Extra reporting by Steven Nelson

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