In response to the Biden administration’s lax immigration policies, a number of Republican leaders in border states have advocated for relocating undocumented immigrants to Democratic-led areas of the country, most notably New York.
Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams reacted harshly to one such move by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, explaining that he had contacted his “friends in Texas” to encourage them to vote the governor out of office.
“And I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old-fashioned door knocking because we have to, for the good of America, get him out of office,” Adams added.
For his part, Abbott posted a tweet that included a clip from a Fox News interview in which he directed a statement at the mayor.
Mayor Adams has no idea what Texas deals with every day at our southern border.
Despite its sanctuary city policy, NYC can't handle even a fraction of the chaos Biden has created.
This should be a wake-up call to the Biden administration to do its job & secure the border. pic.twitter.com/zgKGBPOg7N
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 10, 2022
“Mayor Adams said that they welcome illegal immigrants,” he said. “They are now getting a taste of what we’re having to deal with.”
During Abbott’s campaign spokesperson also offered his response to Adams’ latest statement, accusing the mayor of taking on the role of “political director” for the governor’s Democratic rival, Beto O’Rourke.
“Because of high taxes, out of control crime, and poor leadership by the mayor, people are volunteering to leave New York City without the mayor asking,” Mark Miner asserted.
In addition to sending buses to New York, Abbott has also launched an effort to relocate immigrants to the nation’s capital. The district’s Democratic mayor reacted to the influx of migrants by advocating the deployment of National Guard troops.
“We need space,” said Muriel Bowser. “We need the federal government to be involved so I’ve asked the deployment of the Guard as long as we need the Guard to deal with the humanitarian crisis that we expect to escalate.”
Earlier this year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed Abbott’s lead and advanced a plan to relocate some of the state’s undocumented immigrants. At the time, his press aide said that the effort would be worth whatever it cost.
“It pales in comparison to the stress on local resources,” C.J. Karamargin said, adding that Arizona’s “communities are strapped” in part from the cost of absorbing a rising number of migrants crossing the border into the state.