Headline RoundupAugust 8th, 2022

Eric Adams Speaks Out After Texas Sends Migrant Buses to NYC

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing migrants to his city on Sunday. 

Adams called the migrant busing “horrific” because, he said, some migrant families “were forced on the bus with the understanding that they were going to other locations.” On Sunday, Adams greeted a bus expected to contain about 40 migrants, but only 14 got off, with the rest apparently leaving the bus before it arrived in New York City. 

Texas began sending migrants to New York on Friday after sending thousands to Washington, D.C. over the previous four months. Like D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Adams also requested federal support to manage the influx of migrants. In a Friday statement, Abbott called New York an “ideal destination” for migrant buses, saying he hoped Adams “follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”

While coverage from the right often said the migrants had arrived in the U.S. illegally, coverage from the left often noted that many of the migrants were seeking asylum, which is legal. Meanwhile, the New York Post (Lean Right bias) said New York City was “crime-riddled” and “beset with quality-of-life concerns,” and The New York Times (Lean Left bias) framed migrants as being sent “to make a political point.” 

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