Gov. Maura Healey of Massachusetts, a liberal Democrat, has declared a state of emergency, activated the Nationwide Guard and began petitioning the White Home for assist.
The migrants on state-funded buses from Texas are a fraction of the overall quantity arriving in northern cities. Texas brags that its “Operation Lone Star” has despatched greater than 13,100 migrants to New York Metropolis since August 2022, however the total pressure there stems from the overall, greater than 110,000. A few of these migrants have household in New York, whereas others are interested in town’s historical past of welcoming immigrants.
Nonetheless, the rising clamor is making a uncommon convergence between the 2 events, which for years have fought in seemingly parallel political universes. Democrats targeted on points like abortion, the preservation of democracy and enlargement of well being care, whereas Republicans warned of a migrant “invasion” and railed towards “woke” liberal ideology, socialism and increasing L.G.B.T.Q. rights. Infinite Republican information conferences on the border and threats to question Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland safety secretary, have been dismissed as political bluster.
Now, out of the blue, some Democrats are sounding remarkably like Republicans.
“Upstate New Yorkers shouldn’t be pressured to bear accountability for many years of failed immigration coverage, dysfunction and stupidity out of Washington, Albany and locations like New York Metropolis,” stated Josh Riley, the Democratic candidate in search of to unseat Consultant Marc Molinaro, a Hudson Valley Republican. Mr. Riley added that it was time for Mr. Biden to “to step up and assist out.”
For Republicans, the response to Mr. Abbott’s gambit has gone past what they might have hoped for — a spreading of the ache, as tens of millions of migrants stream throughout the southern border, fleeing violence and poverty, drawn to what they see as a extra welcoming administration in Washington and plentiful work.