A smiling immigrant poses for a selfie while boarding a bus bound for New York City and Chicago in El Paso, Texas on Thursday after Mayor Eric Adams claimed asylum seekers were being forcibly moved. rice field.
Immigrant men, women, and children gathered at an immigrant welcome center run by the City of El Paso and the Emergency Management Agency.
Several buses were seen in the parking lot of the center, and immigrants were preparing to board beside them.
As people stand in line with plastic bags and rucksacks, a woman wearing a face mask is observed taking a selfie with her mobile phone, while a man behind him smiles at the camera and a young girl flashed a “V” for the victory sign.
El Paso — a city of 660,000 on the border with Mexico — is overwhelmed by an influx of immigrants averaging 2,000 a day.
El Paso City Council members wrote to Mayor Oscar Reeser on Wednesday, issue a disaster declaration With the surge in immigrants, the city spent $300,000 daily to shelter, feed, and bus them to New York and Chicago.
In September alone, the city could spend up to $10 million on immigration, diverting funds from critical services like fire and police departments. A disaster declaration shifts some of the burden to state and federal governments.
in another open letter Going public Wednesday, El Paso Rescue Mission CEO Blake Barrow pleaded with the Biden administration for help in the immigration crisis.
Barrow also said that about 20% of the immigrants receiving assistance from his organization chose New York City as their final destination and were not taken to New York City against their will. I was.
“I have not heard of anyone being put on a bus to New York who did not want to go,” he wrote.
In an August interview, New York City Mayor Adams claimed that immigrants were “forced” to get on buses to the Big Apple even though they wanted to go elsewhere.
Adams has repeatedly criticized the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, who sent large numbers of immigrants to the Big Apple over the summer. But he nevertheless agreed to take in more asylum seekers when asked to do so by his fellow Democrat, the mayor of El Paso.
A record 13,000 migrants have crossed the southern border into New York City, overwhelming the local shelter system, according to the latest data.
on tuesday, Adam refused to criticize President Biden Because of the escalating immigration crisis, he instead accused Republican governors like Abbott in Texas and Ron DeSantis in Florida for sending immigrants to Democratic strongholds as part of a “political stunt.” .