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NYC Mayor takes on Texas migrant buses

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) speaking at a press conference at City Hall in New York City.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) speaking at a press conference at City Hall in New York City.

(Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the one-man unwelcome wagon, has issued an executive order requiring bus companies carrying migrants to provide the city with 32 hours of notice before arriving, which is now only permitted at limited times. Adams aims to instill order on the migrant crisis that is overwhelming city services, with more than 150,000 migrants arriving over the last year and a half.

The executive order is aimed squarely at Texas governor Greg Abbott, who has sent 70,000 migrants to Democrat-run cities since this summer. Backed by the threat of jail time and hefty fines, the order is an attempt to get bus operators to stop participating in Governor Abbott’s actions.

New York has spent $12 billion taking care of migrants, particularly due to the right to shelter law requiring the city to provide temporary shelter to anyone who needs it. Mayor Adams – who has slashed city services to make up for the deficit – went to court to suspend the law, and has said that whether migrants will be sleeping on the streets is not a question of if, but when. Opponents accuse the mayor of scapegoating migrants in order to enforce draconian budget cuts that he hoped to pass anyway.

The executive order comes on the heels of Texas passing the nation’s strictest border control bill. These city and state level actions are juxtaposed against President Joe Biden’s inability to pass a bill to increase spending for border patrol, amplifying accusations from both sides of the aisle that he is not doing enough to control the flow of migrants to the country.


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