New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday an executive order requiring charter buses transporting migrants to give a 32-hour notice before arrival.
The order also says buses must only arrive between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday, and must report to a single location unless directed otherwise.
Noncompliance will result in a class B misdemeanor, possible fines, lawsuit and even buses impounded, ABC 7 reports.
“We cannot allow buses with people needing our help to arrive without warning any hour of day and night,” Adams said in a virtual press conference with the mayors of Chicago and Denver.
“This not only prevents us from providing assistance and orderly way, it puts those who have already suffered so much in danger,” he added.
“We really are saying to bus operators and companies, do not participate in Governor Abbott’s actions,” Adams commented.
“We want them to take the appropriate actions of being responsible by taking those actions during the hours we are laying out. Those asylum seekers on the buses, they will not be penalized any way at all. This does not impact those passengers on the buses,” he continued.
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ABC 7 reports:
It comes in response to the chaos Tuesday night, sparked by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who took responsibility for booking an “unannounced and uncoordinated” flight carrying about 180 migrants from El Paso to Kennedy Airport before the flight was diverted to Philadelphia due to weather.
“We had a plane with over 180 migrants depart for NYC yesterday – it was re-rerouted due to weather/ground stoppage in NYC, and the migrants were bused the remaining way,” a spokesperson for Gov. Abbott said.
After arriving in Philadelphia, the migrants were bused to the Port Authority around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
City officials believe this is the latest tactic by Abbott in an escalation of his strategy to export asylum seekers to major cities.
“Last night – in another inhumane act of treating human beings like political pawns – Texas attempted to send an unannounced and uncoordinated plane with migrants to New York City that was only diverted to Philadelphia due to extreme weather, but whose passengers were then transported here via bus,” a spokesperson for Adams said.
“Last week, 14 rogue buses from the State of Texas arrived in a single night, the highest number recorded by the Arrival Center,” the spokesperson added.
Adams said New York City has hit a “breaking point” with migrants pouring into the city.
Mayor Eric Adams says that quality of life in NYC will continue to decline because of the illegals:
"For many months we were able to keep visualization of this crisis from hitting our streets… But we have reached a breaking point. We are no longer able to do that." pic.twitter.com/53u6JogwKO
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The New York Post added:
The charges he referenced would be for violation of a local executive order, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to three months imprisonment and fines of up to $500 for individuals and up to $2,000 for corporations.
“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 manner,” Adams said.
More than 161,000 asylum seekers have come to the five boroughs since the start of the crisis in the spring of 2022, with more than 68,000 who remain in city care, city officials said Tuesday.
Adams and the other Democratic mayors joining him on the call renewed their calls for the federal government to take action and slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has sent more than 80,000 migrants to Democratic-led cities across the country since last year.
“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 potential as political pawns,” Adams said.