As the border crisis worsens, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she “will not be taking advice” from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on the influx of illegal aliens in her state.

While speaking at the Manhattan Institute in New York City earlier this week, Abbott refuted claims about his illegal alien busing program.

​​“Democrats or community leaders in New York City, whatever the case may be, say, ‘It is inhumane to do what [I’m] doing,’” said Abbott. “Let’s talk about what’s inhumane. What’s inhumane is a 1-year-old child dying in New York because of fentanyl.”

Abbott was referencing the death of a child at a New York City daycare. The child died due to fentanyl inhalation. Authorities later discovered that the facility hid “a large quantity of fentanyl” under the floorboards. Law enforcement also found the daycare operator’s husband traveling on a bus headed to Mexico.

“Every state in America now is a border state. Every community is a border community. In addition to the migrants, whether they be in New York city or wherever, fentanyl is pouring all across this country,” said Abbott. “To think you had a 1-year-old child in New York exposed to fentanyl, probably because of the open border policies put in place by Joe Biden, that’s inhumane.”

Abbott advised Hochul and other New York officials to put pressure on Biden.

“There’s one solid piece of advice, and [New York officials] are beginning to follow it — the challenge the city of New York and the state of New York are dealing with is caused by one person, Joe Biden,” said Abbott. “Joe Biden can flip that switch any day and stop New York dealing with the consequences of an open border. Unless and until that is done, New York and other states are going to continue to deal with this.”

They must travail on their president for more than just money, they need a change in policy — they need to demand what all Americans expect, and that is the Biden administration will follow the rule of law and stop illegal immigration into the United States.

Hochul later slammed Abbott for his comments and instead pushed blame for the border crisis on Republicans and the looming federal government shutdown.

“Let me be clear, I will not be taking advice from Greg Abbott,” said Hochul. “[Biden] wants to add resources, except that there’s going to be a government shutdown driven by Republicans who have no interest in ensuring that we have meaningful immigration reform.”

Hochul also criticized the proposed federal budget and claimed that the measure would decrease the number of border security personnel.

“They don’t care about the fact that the migrants we have will be affected by a government shutdown, nor do they care about the fact that speaker McCarthy, the leader of Greg Abbott’s party, is willing to have a budget go forth that literally cuts 800 positions from border security,” said Hochul.

While the two governors bicker over who’s to blame for the situation along the southern border, Costa Rica declared a state of emergency due to a wave of illegal aliens crossing through their country.

More than 84,490 people traveled through Costa Rica last month, a 55 percent increase compared to July’s numbers.

“The people that arrive are passing across Costa Rica trying to get to the United States, basically,” said Costa Rica’s President Rodrigo Chaves.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.