(CNSNews.com) - El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, says the number of illegal border-crossers entering the city is "continuing to increase," and most of them, around 80 percent, are from Venezuela -- without sponsors in the United States.
"Two days ago, we had almost 2,000. We had a little bit over 1,900. Yesterday we had -- or the day before yesterday, we had a little bit over 1,500," Leeser told ABC's "This Week."
"The people are not coming to El Paso. They're coming to America, and that's something that's really important. And we look at them and we talk to them, and say, where do you want to go and what's your destination? And then we will take them and help them get to their destination.
"The big difference that's happening today, that really was not normally, was that about 95 percent of everyone coming had a sponsor. A sponsor is someone where it's a family member or a friend, where they've arranged and they have transportation to go to their destination.
"As we've seen now from Venezuela, they don't have sponsors. So, we have about 50 percent of the people today that do not have a sponsor, they don't have money. So we're helping and working to get them to where they want to go.
"So, that's been really important that we don't send anyone where they don't want to go. We make sure we help them and we put human beings and, you know, and we put them on buses with food and make sure they get to their destination where -- and make sure that we always continue to treat people like human beings."
‘Some were even tagged’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams would like Americans to think otherwise. He says the migrants are being abused and misled.
Jake Tapper told Adams, "Many of the migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis say they were falsely told that jobs and housing would be waiting for them when they arrived. Were any of the migrants that have arrived in New York, have they been similarly misled?"
"Oh, yes, they have been," Adams said:
"And it's really unfortunate when you watch government misrepresent where you're sending people. In some cases, we had those who were COVID-positive on the buses with individuals who were dehydrated, didn't have proper food.
“Some were even tagged, like you would tag an animal. It's really unfortunate that a country that is known for the humanitarian actions. This is a blight on our entire country.”
Adams told ABC's "This Week" that Texas Gov. Abbott "was compelling people to get on the bus, he was tagging them. He was sending them on a 45-hour ride, without any proper food, water or medical care. He accused Abbott of "political gamesmanship."