On Wednesday, officials in Texas sent a bus full of migrants to Philadelphia as the state is preparing to face the end of Title 42. This is the first time in months that a bus has been sent to Philadelphia, and city officials have stated that they would be holding a press conference regarding the arrival on Wednesday.
The first buses from Texas to Philadelphia were sent in November 2022. Since that time, there have been more than a dozen buses sent to the city. However, unlike Chicago and New York City, there have been fewer buses arriving from Texas to Philadelphia.
In a statement released by the city, it was noted that the one bus that arrived at around 6 a.m. that morning had 31 asylum-seeking individuals that were transported there. Following their arrival, 26 of the immigrants were taken to the City’s welcoming facility on E. Luzerne Street in North Philadelphia. Since November there have been a total of 20 buses that have arrived in the city.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been overly critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s busing program and has even accused him of specifically targeting those cities that have “Black mayors.” In a later statement, Adams backtracked and stated that the comments he made were not racist, but rather a matter of looking at the facts which is that Abbott had sent asylum seekers to “New York – Black mayor; to Washington – Black mayor; to Houston – Black mayor; to Los Angeles – Black mayor; to Denver – Black mayor.”