Texas Governor Abbott hired security to guard migrants on New York-bound buses: official

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has hired a private security service to deal with buses full of migrants on their way to New York, a Big Apple official said Wednesday as four more buses arrived at the terminal. Manhattan Port Authority bus.

Manuel Castro, the city commissioner for the mayor’s office of immigration affairs, said his office was “aware” of Abbott’s decision and claimed it was aimed at preventing migrants from jumping off the bus before it does not arrive at its final destination.

The Post reported over the weekend that some of the asylum seekers landed in Tennessee on their way to Gotham.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has hired security to make sure migrants stay on buses sent to New York, according to a city official.
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“We know a lot of people left the buses along the way,” Castro told Port Authority on Wednesday morning. “We know that Governor Abbott has hired a private security company to guard families, individuals on the buses, but they still manage to leave on the way.

“It is concerning that Governor Abbott had to hire and spend a lot of money on a private security company to keep people on the buses, perhaps against their will, so we will look into that.”

Manuel Castro, the city commissioner in the mayor's office for immigration matters, said his office was investigating whether migrants were being held against their will.
Manuel Castro, the city commissioner in the mayor’s office for immigration matters, said his office was investigating whether migrants were being held on buses against their will.
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Castro said the bus security guards “appeared” to be armed as well.

“Again, they’re not communicating with us,” he said, referring to Abbott’s office. “We are not inside these buses. We only know by what we hear asylum seekers coming out of the buses, what they tell us.

Abbott’s office later confirmed to the Post that the state was providing safety for passengers and bus drivers, but accused the mayor’s office of lying about migrants being forced to stay on board.

“Mayor Adams is lying flat out and knows nothing about Texas bus operations. Migrants are allowed to disembark at any of the stops on the way to New York or Washington, DC, as they have been processed and released by the federal government,” publicist Renae Eze told the Post.

Four buses of migrants from Texas arriving at the Port Authority on August 17, 2022.
Four buses of migrants from Texas arriving at the Port Authority on August 17, 2022.
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Mayor Eric Adams confirmed that a bus was carrying only 14 of the 40 migrants who were expected to be on board.
Mayor Eric Adams confirmed that a bus was carrying only 14 of the 40 migrants who were expected to be on board.
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“Texas secures our buses to ensure a safe journey for everyone on board, including the drivers. Instead of spreading lies and complaining that a few hundred migrants are being bussed into his sanctuary city, Mayor Adams should call on President Biden to take immediate action to secure the border, which the President continues to do. do not do.

Eze noted that “until the Biden administration does its job and secures the border, Texas will continue to step up protection for Texans and relieve our overwhelmed border communities by ferrying migrants to New York and the capital of our nation”.

Castro made his statements as four more buses arrived at Port Authority around 8:30 a.m. Police previously told the Post that five buses were expected on Wednesday. One arrived Tuesday evening around 9 p.m. carrying 13 individuals.

About 130 more people, including women, children and babies, arrived in New York on Wednesday – joining thousands more transported to the city and Washington, DC, from Texas since April.

Abbott recently began relocating migrants to the Big Apple to protest what he calls President Biden’s “irresponsible open border policies.” So far, the Texas governor has transported more than 800 commuters to the city in at least 15 buses.

Mayor Eric Adams first indicated last week that many migrants choose to get off buses before arriving in New York.

“We were led to believe that around 40 people should have been on that bus. Only 14 got off,” Adams told reporters, suggesting the most likely reason they got off was “because of the fear that something would happen to them if they came to this place, people got off early “.

“And we’re concerned about that because we don’t want people to be dropped off [just] anywhere,” Hizzoner added.

About 130 more people arrived on buses in New York on August 17, 2022.
About 130 more people arrived on buses in New York on August 17, 2022.
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All migrants who have been legally transported to New York and DC have signed waivers acknowledging that the program is voluntary – although Castro questioned that on Wednesday.

“People don’t know why they’re put on buses to New York, some often leave,” Castro said. “They are staying in other cities and towns across the country and we are concerned that they may be forced or intimidated to stay on the bus to get here to New York.”

The Post reported that a New York-bound migrant bus was scheduled to stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on the way, where 40 migrants were expected to alight.

However, the bus driver informed passengers that the bus would not stop in town, prompting several migrants to call the police about the driver. Finally, the bus made the stop.

Typically, once migrants are released from federal custody after crossing the border – and escaping deportation – they are issued documents allowing them to remain in the country and ordering them to appear in court in the United States. immigration in order to submit their asylum application.

As hundreds of migrants continue to make their way to New York, several have arrived in need of medical attention. On Wednesday, at least one woman was taken to hospital.

“[M]all the people came in with all kinds of health needs,” Castro said. “We have medical professionals, we have the paramedics, we have a lot of volunteers from different non-profit organizations that have partnered with us. We provide cash assistance, MetroCards.

“We are doing everything we can to welcome these families, these people with dignity, with love. They have been through a lot,” he added.

Additional reporting by MaryAnn Martinez

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