Adams slaps restrictions on migrant buses coming to NYC from Texas as numbers rise

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday new restrictions on chartered buses from Texas transporting migrants to “sanctuary” cities in an effort to curb the number of migrants that have hit the city since last year.

Adams announced an executive order requiring charter buses transporting migrants to provide at least 32 hours' notice before arriving in New York City. The order also requires buses to arrive Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. These buses also require you to get off at a specific location.

Failure by a bus to comply is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by three months in jail and a fine of up to $500 for individuals and $2,000 for corporations. The bus could also be seized by the NYPD.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks at City Hall accompanied by a group of religious leaders. (New York City Mayor's Office)

“Let me be clear: this is not to prevent people from entering the country, but to ensure the safety of migrants and ensure that they arrive in a coordinated and orderly manner,” he said. Ta.

More than 160,000 migrants arrived in New York City last year, a fraction of the millions who visited the border during that period, leaving the city overwhelmed and under-resourced.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last year began busing migrants to New York City and other protected areas. Mr. Abbott's office has since sent about 27,000 migrants into New York City, which he said was intended to ease pressure on besieged border communities.

In a separate statement, Adams said his order targeted buses dispatched by Abbott.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott looks on during a press conference on March 15, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

“New York City is beginning to see another surge in immigration, and I expect this trend to intensify in the coming days as a result of Texas Governor Abbott's cruel and inhumane politics,” he said. “Just last week, 14 chartered buses carrying migrants arrived from Texas overnight, a record number for one night, as well as hundreds of other migrants arriving on the same day by other means. In addition to.”

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Gov. Abbott's office recently began transporting migrants to Chicago and New York City in addition to buses, accusing Democratic mayors of hypocrisy and promising to continue transporting migrants.

“The hypocrisy of Mayor Adams is astounding. He touted New York City's self-declared sanctuary city status and then sent buses full of immigrants into small towns in New York. “We are only transporting about 32,000 migrants to the city. President Biden has been flying around the country picking up migrants on planes, often at night,” said press secretary Renae Eze. said.

“New York State, with its millions of residents, is dealing with only a fraction of what small border communities deal with on a daily basis,” she said. “Until President Biden steps up and takes charge of our border security mission, Texas will continue to bus migrants to sanctuary cities to help our local partners respond to this crisis created by Biden.”


Meanwhile, the border itself continues to see record numbers. Fox News reported this week that it encountered more than 35,000 migrants over the four-day Christmas weekend and more than 250,000 migrants at the southern border since Dec. 1. This means that the monthly encounter record set in December may be broken. September (269,735 people).

FOX News' Tamara Gitto and Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.



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