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Ongoing migrant crisis leads to Mayor Adams executive order on busing

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has issued an emergency executive order that limits when and where charter buses can drop off migrants in the city.

The current year-and-a-half-long migrant crisis in New York City affected the city’s budget, affecting the Adams administration’s recent decisions. 

Setting these bus limits is Mayor Adams’ way of coping with the influx of migrants into the city. 

The city has received more than 118,000 migrants and asylum seekers, ten times more than what the city typically receives.

The change comes after 14 busloads of migrants arrived in the city from Texas in a single night, the highest total recorded since the spring of 2022

New York Mayor Adams held a virtual media briefing with Chicago Mayor Johnson and Denver Mayor Johnston to discuss the asylum seeker crisis with a coalition of cities. 

“We cannot allow buses with people needing our help to arrive without warning at any hour of day and night,” Mayor Eric Adams said in the briefing. “To be clear, this is not stopping people from coming. But about ensuring the safety of migrants and making sure they can arrive in a coordinated and orderly way.” 

The executive order asks for charter buses transporting migrants to provide a manifest of the number of people on board, the number of single adults, the number of families, families with children and the number of children. 

The order also asks to be provided with the bus driver’s name and a description of the charter bus, such as its license plate number, to assist city employees with identifying the bus. 

The order also limits the time and location of migrant drop-offs. A 32-hour notice in advance of arrival into New York City at a specified location in Manhattan, unless otherwise approved, is required. 

It also instructs them to arrive only between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Bus operators can request an exemption from these requirements if they cannot fulfill them by 72 hours before the anticipated date and time of arrival in New York City. 

Companies that fail to meet the order’s requirements will face heavy consequences, such as a Class B misdemeanor, possible fines, lawsuits, and even buses being impounded or confiscated. 

Mayor Adams blames Texas Governor Greg Abbott for sending so many migrants from the southern border to New York. 

Since April 2022, Abbott has ordered buses with immigrant passengers to democratic states such as New York City, Chicago, and Denver as criticism of the Biden administration’s policies on immigration.

Many migrants cross the Rio Grande River from Mexico to get into Texas. 

Texas authorities are being overwhelmed by calls of drowning migrants and people getting caught in barbed wire. 

Many of the migrants coming through are in immediate need of medical care. 

Mayor Adams’ bus plans only further these migrants’ travels and expose them to even more harm.

 When buses arrive in the middle of the night in the cold of New York City, there aren’t enough city workers to receive and help them. 

“I’m proud to be here with my fellow mayors to call on the federal government to do their part with one voice and to tell Texas Governor Abbott to stop the games and use of migrants as political pawns,” Mayor Adams explained

Mayor Adams, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson are calling for a federal declaration of emergency, financial support and a national resettlement.

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    Thomas McCarthyJan 22, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Imagine if Governor Abbott wasn’t busing migrants to all these cities. The small towns on the border are already overwhelmed. Besides, the migrants want to go to New York, Chicago, Denver, etc… so he is only facilitating them. The problem can only be solved by Biden closing the border. It’s Biden that needs to be pressured to stop this insanity.