El Paso mayor insists he sent migrants to NYC to ‘help them get to their desired destination’

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El Paso’s Democratic mayor mentioned Sunday that he is simply busing migrants to New York Metropolis to assist them get to their remaining vacation spot as critics identified the hypocrisy within the left condemning Republicans for doing the identical factor.

Mayor Oscar Leeser mentioned migrants aren’t coming to the U.S. simply to land in his border metropolis, however as a substitute are trying to go to different locations within the nation – doubtlessly the place they’ve household or different sponsors.

‘The individuals are not coming to El Paso,’ Leeser mentioned. ‘They’re coming to America.’

He mentioned that authorities in El Paso communicate to migrants and ask them the place they need to go earlier than ‘we’ll take them and assist them get to their vacation spot.’

‘That’s been actually necessary that we don’t ship anybody the place they don’t need to go,’ he added in an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning. ‘We make sure that we assist them.’

‘We put them on buses with meals and ensure they get to their vacation spot and be sure that we all the time proceed to greet and deal with folks like human beings.’

Leeser’s clarification comes regardless of criticism from Democrats after GOP Governors in Texas, Florida and Arizona bussed and flew migrants to different cities after illegally crossing into the U.S. 

El Paso's Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser (above) defended sending 28 busloads of migrants to New York City, claiming that his city is helping illegal border hoppers to get to their preferred destination

El Paso’s Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser (above) defended sending 28 busloads of migrants to New York Metropolis, claiming that his metropolis helps unlawful border hoppers to get to their most well-liked vacation spot

'The people are not coming to El Paso. They're coming to America,' Lesser told ABC This Week on Sunday. 'We don't send anyone where they don't want to go... We put them on buses with food and make sure they get to their destination'. Pictured: Migrants, mostly from Venezuela, board a bus to New York City at the Migrant Welcome Center in El Paso, Texas on September 16

‘The individuals are not coming to El Paso. They’re coming to America,’ Lesser advised ABC This Week on Sunday. ‘We don’t ship anybody the place they don’t need to go… We put them on buses with meals and ensure they get to their vacation spot’. Pictured: Migrants, largely from Venezuela, board a bus to New York Metropolis on the Migrant Welcome Middle in El Paso, Texas on September 16

Republican Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona have bused migrants to Washington, D.C., New York Metropolis and Chicago, Illinois. GOP Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida flew migrants from his state final week to the posh Martha’s Winery island off the coast of Massachusetts.

After the most recent stunt, Lesser insisted that he shouldn’t be sending migrants to locations they don’t want to go – and as a substitute is working to make sure that they get to their desired locations.

Lesser and his Democrat authorities in El Paso have been sending migrants to the sanctuary metropolis for weeks – and asking the Biden administration to entrance the invoice.

The Texas border metropolis has dispatched a minimum of 28 constitution buses crammed with migrants to the Large Apple since August 23, at a value of greater than $600,000, KFOX-TV reported this week.

Metropolis officers say that they anticipate the buses to be paid for by Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA), as a part of a quarterly reimbursement course of overlaying emergency meals and shelter for migrants.

The buses organized by El Paso have escaped the extreme criticism heaped on GOP Governors Abbott and DeSantis, whom the White Home accused of treating migrants as ‘chattel’ and ‘political pawns.’

GOP officers say they’re eager to give liberal sanctuary cities an perception into the pressure uncontrolled unlawful immigration is bringing to border communities.  

Conservatives had been fast to level out the obvious double normal, with radio host Bruce Hooley tweeting: ‘One other instance of, ‘When Democrats do it, it’s completely wonderful.” 

Leeser's city has dispatched at least 28 charter buses filled with migrants to New York City since August 23

Leeser’s metropolis has dispatched a minimum of 28 constitution buses crammed with migrants to New York Metropolis since August 23

A charter bus that took a group of migrants from El Paso to New York City in August is seen above. The city has been arranging voluntary transit for migrants through free bus rides

A constitution bus that took a gaggle of migrants from El Paso to New York Metropolis in August is seen above. Town has been arranging voluntary transit for migrants by means of free bus rides

Reporter Invoice Melugin of KTTV noticed: ‘The Democrat-led metropolis of El Paso, TX has been sending its personal buses of migrants to NYC, and simply authorised up to a $2 million contract for 16 months to bus much more migrants out of city.’ 

‘They’re additionally requesting federal reimbursement. El Paso, nevertheless, shouldn’t be being criticized,’ he added.

Abbott has been sending buses to New York, Chicago, and DC, together with to the vp’s doorstep, and this week DeSantis dispatched a airplane with 50 migrants to Martha’s Winery, the rich Massachusetts island.

The White Home has decried the Republican governors’ efforts, saying the migrants, largely from Venezuela, had been being utilized in a political stunt.

‘These had been kids. They had been mothers. They had been fleeing communism. And what did Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott do to them? They used them as political pawns, handled them like chattel,’ White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned at a press briefing on Friday.

She mentioned: ‘This is a matter that’s inhumane it’s abhorrent and we shouldn’t be utilizing folks, migrants, who’re fleeing communism as a political pawn.’ 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a press briefing on Friday that Abbott and DeSantis used migrants 'as political pawns, treated them like chattel'

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned at a press briefing on Friday that Abbott and DeSantis used migrants ‘as political pawns, handled them like chattel’

Three new buses arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan early on Saturday (above). They are also thought to be from Texas, but Abbott didn't immediately comment

Three new buses arrived on the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan early on Saturday (above). They’re additionally thought to be from Texas, however Abbott didn’t instantly remark

Representatives for Abbott and DeSantis didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from DailyMail.com on Saturday afternoon. 

Since April, Abbott’s state authorities in Texas has transported greater than 11,000 migrants by bus to Democrat-controlled states and cities, together with 8,000 to DC and a couple of,500 to New York Metropolis.

A minimum of 600 migrants from Texas have additionally been transported to Chicago since late August. 

El Paso has been struggling to address an inflow of migrants crossing the border illegally, largely from Venezuela, that has overwhelmed native shelters and Border Patrol processing services.

Earlier this week, almost 1,000 migrants had been dropped off to sleep on the streets of El Paso, with out entry to primary sanitation services. 

To alleviate the surge, the El Paso Metropolis-County Workplace of Emergency Administration has been arranging voluntary transit for migrants by means of free bus rides, largely to New York Metropolis, a minimum of since June, in accordance to the Texas Tribune. 

‘OEM has sponsored and offered transportation providers for migrants out of El Paso, which is reimbursable by means of FEMA,’ Deputy Metropolis Supervisor Mario D’Agostino advised the outlet. 

‘OEM has sponsored constitution buses to embrace a latest transport to New York Metropolis, this was the popular vacation spot for these with none means to journey,’ added D’Agostino.

A migrant bus from Texas arrives at the Port Authority terminal in New York on August 29

A migrant bus from Texas arrives on the Port Authority terminal in New York on August 29

As nicely, the Biden has lengthy been quietly chartering buses and plans to transfer migrants from the border to onward locations, an obvious contradiction that Carine Hajjar famous in a Wall Avenue Journal opinion essay on Friday.

‘The White Home calls Mr. Abbott’s busing ‘shameful,’ however the Biden administration seems to be doing the identical factor,’ wrote Hajjar.

On the opposite aspect, critics of Abbott and DeSantis say that the Republican governors are deceptive migrants, after reviews emerged that many who had been flown to Martha’s Winery had been advised they’d be provided housing and jobs in Boston. 

US Rep Seth Moulton, a Democrat from Massachusetts, accused DeSantis of orchestrating a political ploy with the lives of the migrants. 

‘Enjoying politics with folks’s lives is what governors like George Wallace did throughout segregation,’ Moulton mentioned, referring to Wallace’s ways of tricking black Southerners to transfer north. ‘Ron DeSantis is making an attempt to earn George Wallace’s legacy.’

Talking on Thursday, DeSantis accused critics of his transfer to fly migrants to Martha’s Winery of ‘advantage signaling’, saying their concern for the welfare of the migrants was a ‘fraud’.

He mentioned: ‘The minute even a small fraction of what these border cities take care of day by day is introduced to their entrance door, they go berserk, they usually’re so upset that that is occurring.’


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