NEW YORK CITY – A bus full of mostly adult male immigrants arrived at the New York City Port Authority from Texas Friday morning – where they were greeted by volunteers handing out burritos – as Governor Greg Abbott (right) continues to disperse the record numbers of border crossers and illegal aliens arriving in his state to Democrats run “safe haven cities.”
New York City officials appeared unprepared for the arrival of the immigrants, or at least lacked communication and coordination to receive them, as the Port Authority initially did not have a gate for the bus to park, and Port Authority employees were unaware of the plan for arrival. The bus circled between 8 and 9 avenues Friday morning until it was finally able to stop at Gate 14 at about 7:30 a.m.
“Because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis his open border policies have caused, the state of Texas has been forced to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe,” the Texas governor said in a statement.
“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the perfect destination for these immigrants, who can get an abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams boasted within the city of sanctuary,” Abbott said. “I hope he keeps his promise to welcome all immigrants with open arms so that our overcrowded, overcrowded border towns can feel at ease.”
When the bus arrived, Breitbart News saw passengers disembarking after a 3-day trip from Texas, greeted by a handful of volunteers. One of the volunteers was wearing a New York City Immigration Services shirt, but apparently none of the city employees were present.
The recipients handed the migrants a bag bearing the logo of the humanitarian relief organization “Save the Children”. However, there seemed to be less than 10 children among the group, and no more than 5 women. The remaining 60 passengers were males between the ages of 20 and 40.
Volunteers led the group through the Port Authority, took them to the entrance to the bus station and distributed burritos. Tours have been provided for some of the migrants to other locations, but it is not clear where they are.
One of the immigrants, a man who gave his name as Alfonzo and arrived alone, told Breitbart News that he traveled from Venezuela via Mexico to Texas, where he was put directly on the bus to New York City.
He left his wife and children in Chile and explained that he came alone to America first and planned to bring them later. He has no family or connections in the US and does not speak English. He came with one bag with some toiletries and a pillow, and he had $130 with him.
Now this is a good “opportunity” to come to the US, Alfonzo told Breitbart News, explaining that he did not believe he would be accepted under the administration of former President Trump, noting specifically that the wall along the southern border was an obstacle to entry. He said locals in Mexico accepted the money to direct him toward the border.
Alfonzo said he was looking for work, but had never been to New York City or the United States. He had no place to stay and was not notified of any accommodation services or resources.
Despite Democratic officials’ support for illegal immigration through their city-wide safe haven policies, which protect illegal aliens from arrest and deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a handful have warned that buses of immigrants from Texas will overwhelm their city’s public resources.
For example, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (Democrat) appealed to Biden to “immediately add additional federal resources” to deal with the increase in illegal immigration. In another statement, Adams told New Yorkers “on board” as their city is overrun with border crossers and illegal aliens arriving and straining infrastructure, hospitals, schools and neighborhoods.New York City Mayor’s Officer / YouTube
“Everyone’s mass will be affected by this,” Adams said. And so we must add our calling to our ability to help our neighbours. We need everyone on board with this.”
He continued, “…Our schools will be affected, our healthcare system will be affected, our infrastructure will be affected.”
Adams’ office claims that sending buses of immigrants to New York City is like using border crossers and illegal aliens as “political tools,” call policy “gross.”
Abbott issued a public invitation to Mayor Adams to visit the southern border, insisting that the mayor of the “safe haven city” is witnessing “the scale of the chaos created by Biden’s open-border policies.”
“I really wish they would [visit] Because government officials across the country, they need to realize how much chaos Biden’s open border policies have created,” Abbott said on Fox News Thursday.
“They are in the arms of roughly a few thousand people who have entered their communities over the past few months? Listen, in any one sector in Texas, we have over 5,000 people who come through that sector every day,” Abbott continued.
Similarly, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the National Guard last month to deal with what she called the “humanitarian crisis” of just over 6,000 immigrants being flown into the capital from Texas since April.
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Bowser, a staunch supporter of the sanctuary city policy in the region, claimed that the immigrant buses were a “turning point” for Washington, D.C., though pale in comparison to the level of illegal immigration that US border cities are forced to deal with under the Biden administration.
In border towns in Texas alone, nearly 130,000 border-crossers and illegal aliens were caught crossing the border in June. Recently, in the small town of Normandy, Texas—which has a population of just 29—about 400 border-crossers and illegal aliens crossed into the area this month.