Mayor Eric Adams welcomes the last New York commuters

Even cross-border commuters are too scared of the crime-ridden Big Apple.

Mayor Adams tried to greet the last bus loaded with migrants to be shipped from Texas early on Sunday – but was horrified to find the vast majority had already jumped off, admitting it was probably out of ‘fear’ of the city.

“We were led to believe that around 40 people should have been on that bus. Only 14 got off,” said Adams, whom The Post caught having heated words with an organizer during the alarmingly unexpected 7 a.m. no-show at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown.

Eric Adams welcomes migrants.
Mayor Eric Adams greets asylum seekers at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
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Eric Adams.
“We have to work together – we’re not on different sides here,” Mayor Eric Adams told a woman leading the arriving migrants.
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About 14 people got off the bus early Sunday, joining at least 50 people who had already arrived in New York.
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The mayor suggested the most likely reason was “due to fear that something would happen to them if they came to this place, people got off earlier”.

“And we’re concerned about that because we don’t want people to be dropped off [just] anywhere,” he said as the handful of people who got off, including young children, were treated and then driven to taxis.

The Post filmed Adams having a testy exchange with a woman who helped shout orders in Spanish to get the arrivals handle off the bus.

Migrants in a bus.
The asylum seekers come from Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott has shipped them to Democratic areas.
About 10 people got off the bus early Sunday, joining at least 50 people who had already arrived in New York.
Governor Greg Abbott called the influx of asylum seekers to Texas a “crisis caused” by “open border policies”.

“We have to work together – we’re not on different sides here, we have to work together,” Adams told the woman – who abruptly turned away and walked away.

He later complained about the lack of information from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who shipped the migrants to Democratic areas to facilitate what he calls a “crisis caused” by “open border policies”.

“They don’t let us know when the buses leave. They don’t let us know what the needs of the people on the bus are. They don’t give us any information, so we’re unable to really provide the service to people en route,” complained Adams of the Abbott team.

“We would like to get that information,” he said.

The 14 who got off at Port Authority early on Sunday join at least 50 who have already been dispatched here, with the first bus arriving on Friday. They will be taken to the already overcrowded shelters in the city, or helped to move elsewhere if they planned to stay somewhere, the mayor said.

However, Adams told the Post he had no interest in asking President Biden or federal agencies to change border policy and ease the flow.

“No. As mayor of New York City, I don’t weigh in on immigration issues, border issues — I have to provide services to the families who are here,” he told the Post. .

“I’m proud that this is a right to housing state. And we will continue to do so,” he said.

Arrivals on Sunday were directed to a special processing area manned by City Hall staff, with ‘NYC Public Engagement Unit’ signs on laptops – and tote bags with supplies including boxed meals, ready for arrivals.

The area was strictly forbidden to prying eyes on the arrival of the last border residents.

However, once they left the terminal, a small group of activists greeted them, shouting “refugees are welcome here” and “refugees, welcome to New York”.

The first bus full of migrants arrived on Friday, just days after Adams refused Abbott’s invitation to visit the southern border to “see firsthand the dire situation” there.

Abbott vowed to continue sending them to New York, which he called an “ideal destination” because of the city’s generous treatment of the homeless. It has also sent more than 6,100 people to Washington, D.C., since April, which local leaders say has leads to crisis.

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