Mayor Eric Adams played the race card when speaking about migrants being bussed into the city.
Adams said Texas Governor Greg Abbott was sending illegal migrants who came over the border to Democratic-run cities with black mayors.
“This weekend, we learned that Governor Abbott is once again deciding to play politics with people’s lives by resuming the busing of asylum seekers to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C.,” the black Democratic mayor wrote in a press release.
“Not only is this behavior morally bankrupt and devoid of any concern for the well-being of asylum seekers, but it is also impossible to ignore the fact that Abbott is now targeting five cities run by Black mayors.
Abbott, who is white, has said the buses are to protest what he calls the Biden administration’s dangerously lax immigration policies and the targeted municipalities’ decision to become “Sanctuary Cities,” which don’t report illegal immigrants to deportation officials.
Abbott’s office said it has sent more than 5,200 migrants to the city.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, who is a Democrat and of Mexican descent, has shipped more than 10,713 migrants to be bused to New York, according to that city’s migrant crisis database.
Abbott’s office added that aside from New York City, it has bussed more than 9,100 migrants to DC and 1,500-plus to Chicago.