Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) extended two Democratic mayors an invitation to the Lone Star State after they complained about an influx of migrants to their cities.
What did Abbott say?
Abbott wrote New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) inviting them to receive a first-hand experience of the border crisis that has plagued Texas for nearly all of President Joe Biden’s tenure.
“Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development—especially as the President and his Administration have shown no remorse for their actions nor desire to address the situation themselves,” Abbott wrote.
“As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action. I also ask you to join me in requesting President Biden secure the border and put an end to this disastrous crisis,” he added.
The letter directly attributed the border crisis to Biden’s “reckless open border policies.”
“We agree that this crisis demands immediate federal action,” Abbott wrote. “I look forward to welcoming you the Texas-Mexico border so that you can see this crisis for yourself.”
What is the background?
Both New York City and Washington, D.C., are “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants. But that has not stopped city leaders from complaining about migrants flooding their cities, a glaring symptom of the ongoing border crisis.
Bowser, for example, is demanding more federal resources to address the influx of migrants, including the activation of the D.C. National Guard. Over 5,000 migrants have been bussed to the nation’s capital since April.
Texas began sending them to Biden’s doorstep to deliver a message highlighting the federal government’s inaction over the border crisis.
Adams is also demanding federal intervention after thousands of migrants flooded into the Big Apple in recent months, overwhelming the city’s shelter system. Adams blamed Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for sending the migrants there, but both governors denied those accusations.
Unfortunately, Adams has already rejected Abbott’s invitation.
“Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in New York City,” said Adams’ press secretary Fabien Levy.