As Texas sends thousands of migrants to sanctuary cities, liberal mayors scramble to respond

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Texas has intensified pressure on Washington, DC, and more recently New York and Chicago, for months as it sends thousands of illegal immigrants to the doorsteps of these sanctuary cities, forcing city mayors to find new new ways to respond to what they dubbed an emergency.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending thousands of illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital in April as the migrant crisis overwhelmed border states. In August, buses from Texas began heading to New York and, last week, to Chicago. Arizona also sent buses to Washington.

The moves angered liberal mayors in those cities as well as the White House, which condemned the move as cruel and a political stunt. The Texas governor’s office said this week that it sent nearly 8,000 migrants in Washingtonover 2,000 in New York and just over 300 in Chicago.

But the busing of migrants, even though they represent only a fraction of those encountered each month by states along the southern border, seemed to panic officials in those towns.


The sanctuary cities — they limit cooperation with federal immigration officials — have primarily targeted Abbott, but also pressured the federal government to act and provide assistance. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser Thursday declared a state of emergency, after previously describing the situation as a “humanitarian crisis”.

Bowser said the dramatic move allows the city to create a migrant services office to provide migrants with housing, healthcare, transportation and other services.

“We are putting in place a framework that would allow us to have a coordinated response with our partners,” Bowser said Thursday. “This will include a program to meet all the buses, and given that most people will be leaving, our main objective is to ensure that we have a humane, efficient and efficient reception process that will allow people to move to their destination. final.”

She blasted the feds for a ‘lacking’ response and said the move was necessary to ensure Washington’s safety net isn’t ‘shattered by a crisis that is certainly not our fault’. .


Earlier this week, Eric Adams, Mayor of New York sent a delegation to the border, where they met with Border Patrol officials at Eagle Pass, Texas, near the Rio Grande. A source familiar with the visit told Fox News that the delegation’s trip included a tour of the new temporary Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center at Eagle Pass, which is packed with migrants and can accommodate up to to 1,000 people.

In a statement, Adams’ office accused Abbott’s office of being “insensitive” and turning the situation “into a political spectacle.”

Migrants arrive in Chicago from Texas

Migrants arrive in Chicago from Texas

“We sent team members on a fact-finding mission to hear directly from people on the ground along the southern border and get the real answers that we’re not getting from Texas, including whether they’re sending asylum seekers to New York City even if they prefer to go elsewhere,” press secretary Fabian Levy said in a statement.

“Here in New York, we will continue to welcome asylum seekers with open arms as we learn more about the process, meet real partners and see firsthand the seemingly inhuman conditions in which asylum seekers live. of asylum are submitted by the State of Texas.”

Abbott said his measures were aimed both at relieving overwhelmed border communities and drawing attention to the raging crisis on the southern border, where more than 2 million migrants have been encountered during this exercise.


Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Counciltold Fox News Digital that Adams’ team visit was a sign that Abbott’s scheme was working.

“It’s absolutely a sign that it’s working. And frankly, I’m glad Mayor Adams opens his mouth, because when he does that, he brings more attention to the problem. And as attention gets deals with the problem, there’s a better chance we’ll get a change, because the vast majority of the American people don’t want an open border,” Judd said.

Judd also said he hoped the visit would show Adams’ team that “there is a crisis on the border that is politically driven.”

“That’s what we hope they would recognize,” he said. “I don’t think they will because it goes against their own party’s talking points. But we hope they will recognize the truth. And the truth is that this illegal immigration crisis is caused by politics and that is caused by this White House.”

In Chicago, where only a few hundred migrants have moved, Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused Abbott of “manufacturing a human crisis” but stressed the city would help the migrants.

“We’re a welcoming city,” Lightfoot said. “We will always step up and do whatever it takes to make sure that migrants who come to our city are welcomed, that they are supported.” She also stressed the need for “any help we can get from the federal government.”

As the three Liberal cities push the federal government to intervene, while sounding alarm bells on the tensions they face, Trump’s former DHS officials said they, too, believed Abbott’s strategy was paying off.

“I think what Governor Abbott has done successfully is create a national conversation about this,” Thomas Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told Fox News. Digital. “And he called people who wanted to declare themselves a sanctuary city for political purposes – but when they are called, they panic.”

New York Mayor Eric Adams, left, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have been in a row over immigration.

New York Mayor Eric Adams, left, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have been in a row over immigration.
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Ken Cuccinelli, former acting assistant secretary of Homeland Security, told Fox that the bus is creating political pressure on the White House, especially a few months away from midterm.

“The main result that they must hate is that – I’ll talk about it in terms of the polls – it stays on top of people’s minds,” he said. “Economy is #1, and it should be because it frankly destroys the lives of so many people. But it won’t fade, and it’s been elevated [by the bussing].”

Cuccinelli accused the mayors of being “politically stupid” with their public reactions to the buses.

“It’s a level of political stupidity that amazes me, and I don’t think the White House…I think they just assumed their own team would be smarter than that.”

Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told Fox he thought there were frantic conversations going on within the administration.


“There’s no doubt in my mind that CBP, DHS, and the White House, they have conversations, because when I was commissioner, I had the same conversations with [Cuccinelli] and the White House when issues like this arose,” Morgan said. “So there is no doubt in my mind that these three entities are scrambling, trying to figure out from a legal perspective how they could stop [Abbott] to transport these people by buss.”

So far there have been so many indication of Texas that the buses will stop. Abbott said last week that Texas “will continue to provide relief to our overrun small border towns by transporting migrants to sanctuary cities that offer services to care for them.”

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