Mayor Eric Adams is enacting new requirements for the buses Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is funneling into New York City, which could lead to misdemeanor charges, lawsuits, fines and the impounding of buses.
The executive order – announced on Wednesday – requires a 32-hour notice ahead of the arrival of any charter buses taking migrants into New York City. The buses are also being told to arrive between 8:30 a.m. and noon, from Monday to Friday, and to only drop off the migrants at a location on West 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan, City Hall said.
“We can not allow buses – with people needing our help – to arrive without warning at any hour of day and night,” Adams said at a press conference. “This not only prevents us from providing assistance in an orderly way, it puts those who have already suffered so much in danger.”
For months, Adams and his administration have been sounding the alarm on the rapid influx of migrants into New York City, which is a sanctuary city. The financial strain of providing the new arrivals with shelter and other resources contributed to Adams’ calls for severe budget cuts across various city agencies.
Meanwhile, the mayor is also continuing to call on the White House to provide more money and approve enough work permits for the migrants.
Adams’ executive order comes the same day that a member of his administration accused Abbott of attempting to send a plane filled with migrants to New York City before it diverted to Philadelphia. It’s the latest attempt from the Texas governor, who has continued to send buses of migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to other cities.
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Gothamist.
Adams said he is coordinating with other mayors who have also required buses to arrive in a more orderly fashion. Mayors Brandon Johnson of Chicago and Mike Johnston of Denver appeared alongside him at Wednesday’s briefing.
Both Johnson and Johnston said they were similarly dealing with buses of migrants being dropped off in their respective cities and lambasted Abbott for his actions.
“An orderly and humane approach is what is required at this moment,” Johnson said, adding that Chicago houses nearly 15,000 migrants. “And over the past seven months, we’ve received hundreds of buses, some in the middle of night and some in the outskirts of the city of Chicago, with little to no coordination.”
More than 147,000 migrants arrived in New York City alone, according to city estimates. There are more than 200 emergency shelter sites citywide. City officials have aided asylum-seekers in submitting roughly 23,000 applications for temporary work permits.