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New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen charter bus and transportation companies involved in busing migrants to New York City, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for the care of migrants in the self-proclaimed “sanctuary” city. announced that he would wake up. .

“New York City has and will continue to do its part to manage this humanitarian crisis, but we cannot bear the cost of reckless political maneuvering by Texas alone,” Adams said in a statement. Stated. “Today we are taking legal action against 17 companies that participated in Texas Governor Abbott's plan to transport tens of thousands of immigrants to New York City in an attempt to overwhelm the social welfare system.”

The lawsuit alleges that the companies violated New York state law by failing to pay for the costs of caring for the migrants, and seeks damages for the $708 million they have already spent caring for the migrants. The paper cites a New York state law that requires anyone who brings in an “indigent person” from out of state for public charges to either transport them out of state or assist them.

Adams imposes restrictions on increasing number of busloads of migrants coming from Texas to New York

“Governor Abbott's continued use of immigrants as political pawns is not only anarchy and inhumane, but reveals that he is putting politics before people,” Adams said. “Today's case should serve as a warning to all those who break the law in this way.”

Mr. Adams has been locked in a war of words with Texas Governor Greg Abbott since last year over Mr. Abbott's efforts to transport migrants to “sanctuary cities.” He announced an executive order requiring 32 hours' advance notice. when they arrived in New York City.

The order also requires buses to arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, and drop off at specific locations.

People, mostly from West African countries, line up outside the former St. Brigid's School in New York City to apply for shelter on December 7, 2023. (CHARLY TRIBALLEU/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images)

But buses appear to be circumventing that requirement by dropping off migrants at stations in neighboring New Jersey and allowing them to travel directly to New York City by train. Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli on Sunday accused migrant buses of circumventing New York City's executive order through a “loophole.”

Texas immigrant flight bound for New York City diverted to Philadelphia

Asked Thursday about the change in strategy, Adams said the city would continue to enforce the executive order and had spoken with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut.

“And we will continue to reach out to our regional colleagues and put similar EOs in place to send a loud message that these bus operators and bus companies should not participate in Governor Abbott's… debacle. 'We're going to make a case that we should.' We're going to really destabilize these cities,' he said.

Adams continued to fire more shots at Abbott through the bus.

“What he's doing is nothing more than an arbitrary move to destabilize these cities, and we have to meet his challenge,” he said.

Adams also received support for the lawsuit from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who said companies are held accountable “for their role in this ongoing crisis.”

“If they are getting paid to break the law by transporting people in need of welfare into the state, not only are they passing those costs onto hard-working New Yorkers; They should pay for their protection, and I'm proud to support the mayor's lawsuit,” she said.

Mr. Abbott, meanwhile, brushed aside criticism he has heard from Mr. Adams and other Democratic mayors, saying he is sending buses to migrants to help besieged Texas communities. The state has said it has transferred more than 95,000 migrants to “sanctuary” cities, but Abbott recently said, “The overwhelming pressures that Texas border towns face every day… It's just part of the picture,” he said. More than 2.4 million migrants were encountered in fiscal year 2023, and officials told lawmakers last month they were releasing an average of 5,000 people into the U.S. a day.

He said Thursday that New York City's lawsuit is “baseless and deserves sanctions.”

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“It is clear that Mayor Adams knows nothing about the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution or the constitutional right to travel recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court. “They did so voluntarily after coming to the city. They were given the authority by the Biden administration to remain in the United States.” “As such, they have the constitutional authority to travel across the country, which Mayor Adams is blocking. If the mayor continues with this lawsuit, he could be held legally responsible for his violations.”

FOX News' Daniel Wallace contributed to this report.

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