Smiling migrants posed for selfies in El Paso, Texas, on Thursday as they lined up to board buses headed to New York City and Chicago, after Mayor Eric Adams claimed asylum seekers were being forcibly relocated. .
Migrant men, women and children gathered at the Migrant Welcome Center operated by the City of El Paso and the Office of Emergency Management.
Several buses were seen in the downtown parking lot, with migrants lining up next to them to prepare to board.
As people lined up, clutching plastic bags and backpacks, a woman wearing a face mask was seen taking a selfie with her cell phone, while a man behind her smiled for the camera and a girl flashed a “V” for him. victory sign.
El Paso, a city of 660,000 located on the border with Mexico, has been overwhelmed by an influx of migrants averaging 2,000 people a day.
Members of the El Paso City Council wrote a letter to Mayor Oscar Leeser on Wednesday, asking him to issue a Disaster Declaration over the surge of migrants, which has led the city to spend $300,000 a day to house, feed and bus them to New York and Chicago.
In September alone, the city could spend up to $10 million on immigrants, diverting funds away from vital services like the police and fire departments. A Disaster Declaration would shift some of the burden onto the state and federal governments.
In a separate open letter published Wednesday, Blake Barrow, executive director of the El Paso Rescue Mission, pleaded with the Biden administration for help with the immigration crisis.
Barrow also said that about 20% of the migrants who receive help from his organization choose New York City as their final destination and are not brought there against their will.
“I am not aware of anyone being placed on a bus to New York who did not want to go there,” the chairman wrote.
In an interview in August, New York City Mayor Adams claimed immigrants were being “forced” onto buses headed to the Big Apple, even if they wanted to go elsewhere.
Adams has repeatedly criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, for sending buses full of immigrants to the Big Apple over the summer. But despite that, she agreed to accept more asylum seekers when asked by El Paso’s mayor, who is also a Democrat.
According to the latest data, a record 13,000 migrants arrived in New York City after crossing the southern border, overwhelming the local shelter system.
On Tuesday, Adam refused to blame President Biden for the escalating immigration crisis, instead pointing the finger at Republican governors like Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida for sending immigrants to Democratic strongholds as part of a “political stunt”
Source : nypost.com