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NYC Mayor Slams Texas Governor for Busing Migrants in Test of Sanctuary Cities

Eric Adams says Abbott is using migrants as ‘political pawns’ during his re-election campaign

Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas.

Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams blasted Greg Abbott for using migrants as “political pawns” after the Texas governor bused a group of 50 people to the city on Friday. Abbott, who has been sending state-sponsored busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C. for months, said he wanted to test New York’s commitment to being a “sanctuary city.” 

“His continued use of human beings as political pawns is disgusting, and an embarrassing stain on the state of Texas,” said Adams spokesperson Fabien Levy in a statement. Adams later called Abbott’s actions “despicable” at an unrelated press appearance.