While the outrage over the number of migrants sent from Texas to NYC by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott was the prime issue for Mayor Eric Adams, there wasn’t a word around double the amount sent into the Empire State by Democratic Governor of El Paso- Oscar Leeser.
According to a spokesperson, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser’s relocation program has sent 7,330 migrants to New York City since August 23, without as much of a complaint from Adams. This figure, in comparison with the number of migrants shipped from Texas, is double the 2,700 migrants Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said they’d bussed by September 23, which they confirmed had grown to “over 3,000,” by Thursday.
The migrants from El Paso account for more than 42% of the estimated 17,400 that have flooded into the city since officials became aware of the influx in May.
While Adams has repeatedly attacked Abbott — calling him “inhumane,” “unethical” and “anti-American” — for sending migrants, he hasn’t once blasted Leeser for double the amount. On the other hand, Adams has also pointedly refused to blame Biden for the crisis engulfing the city, which has strained the homeless shelter system and forced officials to turn 42 hotels into emergency shelters.
This week, Adams accused Abbott of lying about when he started his relocation program and City Hall on Thursday suggested that could account for as many as 10,000 migrants. “Despite his false claims, we know Gov. Abbott has been sending asylum seekers to New York City for months. This is an unprecedented crisis and must be reported accurately,” Adams press secretary Fabien Levy said, taking no note of the amount of migrants sent from El Paso.