Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said Friday he had begun sending buses with immigrants to New York in an attempt to hold Democratic mayors and US President Joe Biden responsible for them. , also a Democrat.
The first bus arrived on Friday at the Port Authority bus terminal in downtown Manhattan with around 50 immigrants from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela. Volunteers were helping to refer people who had no relatives in the city to municipal centers.
“Most of them don’t have anyone to help them. They don’t know where to go, so we’re taking them to shelters,” volunteer Evelin Zapata, from a group called Grannies Respond, told the bus station.
A family of four from Colombia, who ended up in a homeless shelter in central Bronx, did not know where they would spend the night. Byron and Leidy, both 28, said they left Bogotá because they were having difficulty finding work. They didn’t give their surnames.
Abbott, who is running for a third term as governor in the November election, has sent more than 6,000 immigrants to Washington since April as part of a broader effort to combat illegal immigration and detain Biden for his pro-immigrant policies.
Biden came to power in January 2021 by promising to undo many of the hardline immigration policies of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but some of his measures were blocked by the courts.