NYC Mayor Eric Adams has suggested that the majority of a busload of immigrants brought to the Big Apple from Texas fled before they arrived, fearing the city’s crime.
“We were led to believe that there should have been about 40 people on that bus. Only 14 got out,” Adams told a woman organizing Friday’s convoy in a conversation overheard by the New York Post.
“People got out earlier for fear that something would happen to them if they came to this place,” he says.
“And we’re concerned about that because we don’t want people to be deposed [just] somewhere.’
The Post said Adams was referring to fears of rising crime in New York City.
The migrants entered the United States illegally and then took advantage of a program launched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this spring. Abbott has argued that Texas is unfairly burdened with migrants and has taken to busing them to places they’d rather be — like Washington DC and New York City, both of which are cities of refuge. In cities of refuge, no one is asked about their immigration status when reporting a crime or seeking access to public services.
More than 6,000 people have been bused into Washington DC since Abbott’s plan began in April. On Friday saw the first arrivals in New York City.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, another Republican, launched a similar initiative in May and has bused more than 1,000 migrants, his office said.
One bus arrived on Friday, and Adams went to another on Sunday – but was reportedly shocked the bus wasn’t full.
Eric Adams greets children who have arrived in New York City from Texas on Sunday
Crime rates have increased nearly 37 percent year over year, according to the latest NYPD statistics.
Hate crimes are up 13.3 percent and transit crimes are up 53 percent compared to the same period last year.
Crime attacks are up 19 percent and rape is up 11.3 percent.
However, the homicide rate has fallen by 4.3 percent.
DailyMail.com has contacted Adams’ office for comment on the comments heard by the Post.
The bus from Texas pulls into the bus terminal on Sunday
Adams can be seen at the Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan handing out supplies to the new arrivals
Adams is seen inspecting the food and supplies that were distributed to the new arrivals on Sunday
He tweeted that New York was “stepping up” to help asylum seekers.
‘[email protected]_TX used innocent people as political pawns to create a crisis,” Adams said.
“New Yorkers are stepping up to fix the problem—those are our city’s values.
“But we need the help of the federal government – money, technical support and more.
“Unlike Governor Abbott, New York City will always do its part, and I thank the NGOs, the city’s workers and New Yorkers every day for proving that today.”
Abbott remains defiant.
“Alongside Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the wealth of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams boasted about in the city of refuge,” said Abbott, who is poised for the re-election in November.
“I hope he keeps his promise to welcome all migrants with open arms so our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday that President Joe Biden’s administration is helping New York and Washington DC with the migrants who have arrived from Texas.
“FEMA is also known for its support, including through grants, so we help in that regard,” she said in response to a question from DailyMail.com.
The federal agency uses funds from its shelter and food program to help cities provide shelter and services.
Jean-Pierre accused Abbott of using the migrants as a “stunt” and “political ploy”.
“That’s what he did and it’s shameful,” she said.
New York City welcomed its first busload of migrants from the country’s southern border on Friday.
Two to four, sometimes five busloads of migrants have been arriving in Washington DC every day for the past few weeks. The scale of the influx is draining local and voluntary resources.
But Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin turned down a request from Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for the National Guard to help the migrants.
A Defense Department spokesman said such a move could affect the readiness status of the DC National Guard, which reports to the Secretary of Defense, noting that the capital receives funds from FEMA.
“We concluded that providing this support would negatively impact DCNG’s readiness and have a negative impact on the organization and members,” the spokesman said.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden’s administration is helping New York and Washington DC with the migrants who have arrived from Texas
Two to four, sometimes five busloads of migrants have been arriving in Washington DC every day for the past few weeks
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin turned down a request from Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (above) for the National Guard to help with migrants
Bertilio Rosale (left) and Jose Rodriguez (right) arrive at New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal after their nearly 2,000-mile journey from New York. Rodriguez, 38, told DailyMail.com he chose New York because it had the “best choices” of the options he was given when crossing the border
Bowser told reporters Friday that she wants to continue working with the Pentagon to ensure political considerations “are not part of her decision.”
She previously said the city received a $1 million grant from FEMA.
Jean-Pierre said the White House is also working with Bowser.
“We have had constructive discussions with Mayor Bowser and her team. We will continue to do that we are committed to working with them as we do with all other elected officials,” she said.
On Friday, a busload of migrants was dropped off at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan after making the nearly 2,000-mile journey from the border that took days.
A group of charity workers and volunteers greeted the 50 or so migrants, who were mostly men, before venturing into the city to look for hotels or shelter.
One of the arrivals, Jose Rodriguez, 38, told DailyMail.com he chose New York because it had the “best choices” of the options he was given crossing the border.
He added that the group was not allowed to leave a building in Texas where they were staying and that he lost all his documents on his trip across the Rio Grande.
Bertilio Rosale, 54, also told DailyMail.com on arrival: “I want to see the Statue of Liberty and the rest of the city.
“There are more job opportunities here, I will do whatever I can. The bus here was good, we all came from all over.’
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/uncategorized/nyc-mayor-admits-more-than-half-those-bussed-in-from-texas-likely-fled-over-fear-of-crime/ NYC Mayor admits more than half of buses pulled in from Texas are likely to have fled out of “fear” of crime