A bus contractor hired by Texas to ferry migrants to New York signed a deal without speaking to officials
- Texas has transported thousands of migrants to East Coast cities in recent months.
- A contractor transporting the migrants has been barred from speaking with New York City officials, the AP reported.
- Lack of communication complicates the efforts of non-profit groups to meet and assist newcomers.
A contractor hired by Texas to transport migrants by bus has signed an agreement that prohibits them from speaking to officials in New York, the Associated Press reported.
Manuel Castro, commissioner of the New York mayor’s office of immigration affairs, told the AP that this complicates efforts to meet and provide resources to migrants sent from Texas.
“It’s a problem because we don’t know when the buses are coming, how many buses are coming, if anyone on those buses has any health issues that they will need help with, if they need a wheelchair,” Castro told the outlet. “We want to at least know that so we can best help people when they arrive.”
Volunteer groups are relying on the councils for help as they wait for hours at the New York Port Authority for buses from Texas to arrive.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent busloads of migrants to Democratic cities like Washington DC and New York to President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.
Following in Abbott’s footsteps, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took on the responsibility of transporting 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard this week.
The AP reported that so far around 8,000 migrants have been bussed from Texas to Washington DC and another 2,200 have been bused to New York.
While some migrants told the AP they were grateful for the help they received to reach East Coast cities, The New York Times reported that the influx meant that volunteer groups and nonprofits helping these migrants have been overwhelmed, and many migrants end up in homeless shelters.
In a statement to the AP, Abbott’s office dismissed criticism of the lack of communication.
“Instead of complaining about keeping their sanctuary city promises, these hypocritical Democrats should be calling on President Biden to do his job and secure the border — something the president continues to fail to do,” the spokeswoman said Thursday. Renee Eze.