Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently issued a harsh reaction to GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to send busloads of undocumented immigrants from his state to the Big Apple.
Adams threatened to send left-wing New York activists to Texas in response and went on to complain about the toll that the influx of migrants has caused within his city. His rhetoric caught the attention of various critics, including the former chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.
In a video posted to Twitter, Rodney Scott called out the mayor’s “audacity” for daring to “whine and complain that a couple hundred migrants showing up on buses from Texas is going to overwhelm the New York City system.”
— Rodney Scott (@RSScott_BP252) August 10, 2022
Abbott previously approved a plan to send immigrants to the nation’s capital and more recently added New York as an alternate destination.
Compared to the roughly 2 million migrants who have illegally crossed the border thus far in the Biden administration, Scott said that the number of those sent to New York is merely a drop in the bucket.
He encouraged Adams to travel to the border so he could better understand the crisis, adding: “Yeah, get real!”
Abbott also invited the mayor to visit his state to observe the situation, but Adams declined, instead suggesting that he was “deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old-fashioned door knocking because we have to, for the good of America, get [Abbott] out of office.”
Scott went on to note that the problems currently plaguing cities and states along the U.S.-Mexico border will soon make their way to every corner of the country.
“Every state, city, and town needs to understand they are a border state, city, and town because nothing stays at the border,” he said.
Abbott responded to Adams during a recent Fox News Channel interview, explaining that voters in his state are “fed up” with the Democratic policies that have led to an increase in border crossings, adding: “That is exactly why we are sending these illegal immigrants to places like Washington, D.C., and New York City.”
As for the mayor’s threat to send New Yorkers to Texas to campaign for Abbott’s Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke, the Texas governor had a blunt message.
“I kind of feel like Clint Eastwood,” he said. “Go ahead, make my day.”