(PartiallyPolitics.com) – New York Mayor Eric Adams has for months been calling out Republicans for transporting asylum seekers by bus to Democrat-led cities. However, recently, he took on a similar approach by sending dozens of migrants to red states, including Florida and Texas.
From April 2022 to April 2023, New York City resettled 114 migrant households to different cities in the U.S. and across the globe, including countries in South America and China. According to a POLITICO report, the city spent a total of $50,000 moving migrants.
Twenty-eight families were sent to Florida while 14 were sent to Texas. When compared to the 79,000 migrants who had entered the city last spring, the number of migrant families that Adams has relocated to is rather small. Gov. Greg Abbott by comparison has transported thousands of immigrants out of Texas.
Regardless of the numbers though, the decision to transport migrants from New York City to Republican states could lead to further discussions on the migration crisis, which is likely to be a key issue in Congressional races and the presidential race in 2024.
The Republicans have long blamed President Joe Biden and his administration for the immigration crisis. This could potentially affect Biden’s chances of winning his reelection bid.
Simultaneously, Adams needs to deal with the migration crisis within his city, as the influx of migrants has cost New York City billions of dollars. The shelter system has been operating at critical levels for months, and Adams is trying to find every possible way to relieve the system, including transporting asylum-seekers to other areas or housing them in former jails.
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