Fifty-four asylum seekers arrived in New York Friday onboard a bus from Texas, based on the Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs.
“It is unimaginable, what the governor in Texas has completed,” Adams advised reporters Sunday. “When you concentrate on this nation, a rustic that has all the time been open to those that had been fleeing persecution and different insupportable circumstances, we have all the time welcomed that. And this governor shouldn’t be doing that in Texas, however we’re going to set the suitable message, the suitable tone, of being right here for these households.”
“Along with Washington, D.C., New York Metropolis is the perfect vacation spot for these migrants, who can obtain the abundance of metropolis providers and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about throughout the sanctuary metropolis,” Abbott mentioned Friday.
Manuel Castro, commissioner of the mayor’s immigrant affairs workplace, advised CNN New York is a right-to-shelter metropolis, so anybody who wants shelter might obtain it. Nevertheless, town has “exhausted” its common shelter area, so it has leased extra area at accommodations, he mentioned.
“These are households, these are folks,” Castro mentioned. “They’ve a proper to be right here as asylum-seekers and New York is right here to welcome them. They frankly want plenty of help. They’ve traveled a protracted option to get right here.”
Some migrants didn’t wish to come to New York, mayor says
Round 40 folks had been anticipated to reach Sunday, Adams mentioned, including that it isn’t recognized if others obtained off the bus earlier than it arrived in New York.
A number of the migrants who did arrive Sunday advised the mayor they’d family members in different cities and didn’t plan to return to New York.
Some households “needed to go to different places and so they weren’t allowed to take action,” Adams mentioned Sunday. “They had been compelled on the bus with the understanding that they had been going to different places that they needed to go to, and once they tried to clarify, they weren’t allowed to take action.”
Households whose desired vacation spot was not New York mentioned it took three days to get to town from Texas, based on Castro, who additionally met with them, noting many “had been hungry and thirsty, with young children.”
Adams issued an emergency declaration final week to “quickly procure shelter and different providers” for folks in search of asylum within the metropolis. Those that wish to keep in New York will go to shelters, and volunteer teams will likely be serving to “those that wish to go some other place” to journey to a different location, the mayor mentioned.
New York Taxi Employees Alliance government director Bhairavi Desai advised CNN they’d 19 yellow cabs and Uber vehicles able to voluntarily transport refugees arriving from Texas from the bus cease to shelters or to properties of associates or household within the space Sunday morning.
“Everybody we noticed seemed exhausted by the journey. Many individuals seemed relieved to lastly attain security however there have been additionally folks crying from the trauma,” Desai mentioned.
“It is mistaken, and in our melting pot metropolis, it will not work,” Desai added. “We needed to do our half to let new neighbors know that they are welcome right here, and in NYC there are individuals who will assist.”
CNN has requested the mayor’s workplace for the overall variety of migrants town is processing from Texas.
Usually, as soon as migrants are processed by federal authorities and launched from custody, they’re allowed to maneuver all through the nation whereas they undergo immigration courtroom proceedings. They’re usually launched in Texas and different border states, after which proceed on journeys to different elements of the nation.
An immigration decide will finally resolve if they’re allowed to stay within the US or be deported.
CNN’s Maria Santana contributed to this report.