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Migrants From Texas Arrive in New York, and Into a Political Feud

The primary 3,500 miles of Jose Rodríguez’s journey from Venezuela to New York took almost two months.

The final 2,000 took lower than two days, aboard a bus chartered by the state of Texas.

Mr. Rodríguez was amongst about 50 migrants who arrived on the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Instances Sq. early Friday amid a raging political battle over immigration.

Since April, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, a Republican, has been shipping newly arrived asylum seekers to immigrant-friendly Democratic cities on the East Coast to attempt to strain the Biden administration into cracking down on the border. Mr. Abbott’s press workplace stated the bus that arrived in Manhattan on Friday, which left Eagle Go, Wednesday afternoon, held “the primary group of migrants bused to New York Metropolis from Texas.”

Mr. Abbott and Mayor Eric Adams of New York have been sparring about immigrants on social media and within the press for weeks. The bus was dispatched two days after Mr. Adams announced emergency measures to allow New York Metropolis to shortly add shelter capability.

Officers in New York have stated that around 4,000 asylum seekers had arrived within the metropolis prior to now few months. Many of the buses from Texas — and from Arizona, whose governor has adopted Mr. Abbott’s lead — have gone to Washington.

Like Washington, New York 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 inside the sanctuary metropolis,” Mr. Abbott stated in a press release on Friday. “I hope he follows via on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms in order that our overrun and overwhelmed border cities can discover reduction.”

Mr. Adams and Washington’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, each say their cities have been overwhelmed by an inflow of asylum seekers, with homeless-shelter programs at capability. They’ve pleaded with the federal authorities for assist discovering and creating locations for migrants to stay.

The inhabitants of New York Metropolis’s primary homeless-shelter system had swelled to simply over 50,000 as of Tuesday, up from 46,000 in late Could. It was unclear how a lot of the strain the system is beneath may very well be attributed to asylum seekers.

The variety of individuals within the metropolis’s household shelters, the place nearly the entire latest improve has occurred, tends to tick upward in summer time, and though there was a latest surge on the Mexican border, refugees from Latin America discover their approach to New York in massive numbers all yr lengthy.

The town’s Division of Homeless Companies declined to offer figures for what number of of these arriving at shelters not too long ago had come from outdoors New York or for whether or not the proportion had modified.

Final month, after the town violated the right-to-shelter legislation by failing to offer rooms for some individuals who had come to the household consumption shelter within the Bronx, Mr. Adams blamed asylum seekers sent from Texas and Arizona.

Advocates for homeless individuals say there are a lot of causes the town shelter system has change into overloaded, some partly or wholly inside the metropolis’s management. These elements embody a scarcity of reasonably priced housing, a rise in evictions and longer wait occasions to maneuver out of shelters and into residences.

Though among the migrants who arrived on the chartered bus from Texas on Friday have been headed into the shelter system, Mr. Rodríguez and a pal who traveled with him, Pablo Gutiérrez, knew somebody in New York who was capable of give them a spot to remain. “Now we have a pal who’s going to come back to satisfy us right here,” Mr. Gutiérrez stated.

Mr. Rodríguez, 38, an unemployed bricklayer from Maracaibo, on Venezuela’s northwest coast, stated he had left residence with $100 in his pocket on June 10.

“I didn’t have cash to eat,” he stated, his voice breaking, as he waited for his host in Midtown in a while Friday morning. “The state of affairs could be very determined in Venezuela.”

Like different migrants, Mr. Rodríguez and Mr. Gutiérrez stated that they had agreed to go to New York as a result of it was free. “We heard there may be a number of work in New York,” stated Mr. Gutiérrez, 30, who labored as a cook dinner again residence.

The Adams administration denounced the bus journey as one other stunt by Mr. Abbott. The Texas governor’s “continued use of human beings as political pawns is disgusting,” Fabien Levy, a spokesman for Mr. Adams, wrote on Twitter. The town, Mr. Levy added, would proceed “to welcome asylum seekers” however wanted federal help to take action.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, which gives assist and providers to newly arrives immigrants, stated on Friday that it had helped over 1,000 individuals who appeared to have come to New York in latest weeks straight from the southern border or after a short detour to Washington. Asylum seekers crossing the southern border journey on buses from Texas to New York Metropolis frequently, though they normally cease first in San Antonio or different Southern cities, moderately than coming straight via.

Mr. Abbott’s press workplace didn’t instantly reply to a query about whether or not Texas deliberate to ship extra buses of migrants to New York.

Both approach, the tide of migrants retains flowing in. On Friday afternoon, an prolonged household from Venezuela — six adults and 4 kids — arrived on the household consumption shelter within the Bronx. They stated that they had made their approach to a shelter in San Antonio, the place a spiritual group purchased them tickets to Newark. From there, they traveled to New York as a result of they heard they may discover work within the metropolis.

“Even when there have been different locations,” Kelvin Ortega, 27, stated, “we at all times knew we wished to come back right here.”

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