A Democratic Texas mayor said Friday that she did not believe migrants who cross the border and are transported north to various locations in the U.S. are being “lyed on.”
The acting mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, Yolanda Ramón, told Fox News that she thinks migrants who cross into the US appreciate the journey inland.
“I can tell you one thing, they’re not lying to them. If you meet them at the gas station, they’ll tell you I just want to go somewhere. I just want to go further north,” he said.
“Sometimes they don’t even know where they are,” he continued. “They’ll ask how far is San Antonio? How far is Houston? How far is New York?”
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Ramón’s comments come as the partisan fight continues over how to handle the influx of migrants arriving at the southern border.
Republicans frustrated by the Biden administration’s response to what they see as an “immigration crisis” made headlines earlier this year by busing or flying groups of immigrants across the country, including to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. and in front of the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. in Washington, D.C.
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About half a dozen buses headed from the southern border to New York City this week, adding to the more than 11,000 immigrants the Big Apple has received since May.
At least 41 migrants piled onto a bus early Friday and were met by the Port Authority of New York, including nine men, 18 women and 15 children from El Paso.
But it’s not just Republicans in border states who have expressed frustration with the immigrant issue.
Ramón has voiced criticism of the White House for failing to adequately address the influx of migrants that continue to arrive daily at the southern border.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams applied over the summer for federal aid to help the immigrant populations flooding his city.
Ramon responded to their request for help by telling Fox News, “Good luck getting help from the federal government.”
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“We’ve been asking for over a year and we haven’t gotten much out of it,” he said.
Ramón argued that at least the larger cities have the infrastructure to deal with large groups of people, unlike small towns on the border that have been affected by large groups of migrants seeking refuge but with little federal help.