Mayor Adams Takes Legal Action Against Governor Abbott
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has filed a lawsuit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott over the busing of migrants to the city. The mayor accuses Abbott of intentionally placing people on buses and compelling them to leave the city. Adams believes that Abbott’s actions have devastated the lives of many individuals.
Conflict between Sanctuary City and Border State Policies
New York City is a sanctuary city, with limitations on local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The city also has policies in place to house homeless individuals, which differ from those in border states like Texas. Abbott has been busing migrants to various cities, including New York City, as a way to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies and highlight the challenges faced by border communities.
Lawsuit Targets Charter Bus Companies
Last week, Mayor Adams announced a $708 million lawsuit against 17 charter bus companies that have been transporting migrants to sanctuary cities like New York. The lawsuit argues that the companies have violated New York state law by not covering the cost of caring for the migrants. Adams seeks damages to recoup the expenses incurred in providing for the migrants.
Abbott Defends Busing Strategy
Governor Abbott has dismissed the lawsuit as “baseless” and defended his decision to bus migrants. He believes that the transportation of migrants helps the overwhelmed border towns in Texas. According to Abbott, the number of migrants transported to sanctuary cities is only a fraction of what border towns face daily.
Mayor Calls for National Strategy
Mayor Adams called for a national “decompression strategy” to distribute asylum-seekers throughout the country, rather than concentrating them in certain cities. He stated that cities should not bear the burden of a national crisis of this magnitude. New York City has been receiving thousands of migrants each week, straining resources and impacting the city’s budget.
Work Opportunities for Migrants
Mayor Adams emphasized the importance of migrants being able to find work to support themselves and their families. He criticized the current situation, stating that telling people they cannot provide for their children and families goes against American values.
This report was contributed by Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw.