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More buses of migrants sent from Texas arrive in New York City

War of words continues between Mayor Adams, Texas Gov. Abbott
War of words continues between Mayor Adams, Texas Gov. Abbott 02:00

NEW YORK -- Under the order of Gov. Greg Abbott, three more buses of asylum seekers from Texas arrived in New York City on Wednesday morning.

The buses rolled into the Port Authority Bus Terminal and migrants stepped off, some with thumbs up and fists pumping.

One man from Venezuela told CBS2's Alice Gainer the journey was tiring, adding he's looking for a better future for his children.

Manuel Castro, the commissioner of the mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, was there to greet them.

He condemned Abbott for sending them here, calling him morally corrupt.

"Don't treat them as political pawns," Castro said. "Unlike Gov. Abbott, who is really showing cowardly action by sending people away from his state instead of leaning into this challenge and helping people who have gone through so much, we're going to show how it's done."

READ MOREMayor Eric Adams: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's policy of busing migrants to New York City is "un-American"

Mayor Eric Adams said he was thinking about taking a busload of New Yorkers to Texas to door knock and try and get Abbott out of office as he faces a challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

"Go ahead, mayor, make my day," Abbott said of the threat on Fox News.

This past spring, Abbott announced plans to send busloads of migrants to Washington D.C. and now New York City in response to President Joe Biden's decision to lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that restricted migrant entry numbers by denying them a chance to seek asylum.

"They are now getting a taste of what we're having to deal with," Abbott said.

Adams doubled down and said he's going to do everything he can to get Abbott voted out.

"I know he thinks he's Clint Eastwood, but he's not. He is an anti-American governor that is really going against everything that we stand for," Adams said. "I'm sure if he goes into his lineage he came from somewhere."

On Tuesday, the City Council held a hearing on how the city is handling the intake given the long-standing strain on the shelter system. Members said they need to be more creative and the feds need to do more to help.

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