1 of 17 bus companies sued by New York City agrees to temporarily stop transporting migrants, Mayor Adams says

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By journalsofus.com

NEW YORK — One of 17 charter bus companies that Mayor Eric Adams sued for transporting buses full of asylum seekers to New York City has agreed to stop, for now.

The lawsuit accuses the charter bus companies of violating New York’s Social Services Law. transporting asylum seekers from Texas and dropping them off in New York City without providing them with a means of support.

The mayor’s office announced Wednesday that Roadrunners Charters, Inc. will no longer transport immigrants to or around New York City while the case is pending.

“New York City continues to do our part as we lead the nation in handling this national humanitarian crisis, but reckless political games by the state of Texas will not be tolerated. I am pleased to see that Roadrunner, one of the bus companies to those we demand for participating in Texas Governor Greg AbbottPlan to transport tens of thousands of migrants to our city in an attempt to overwhelm our shelter system and shift costs to New York City – has agreed to stop transporting migrants on buses to and around New York City York as the lawsuit continues. “We call on all other bus companies involved in this lawsuit to do the same,” Adams said Wednesday.

The lawsuit targets 17 bus companies and seeks approximately $708 million, alleging that they have transported at least 33,600 migrants to New York City since spring 2022 without paying for their continued care.

According to the lawsuit, the companies engaged in “bad faith” conduct in doing so.

Texas has sent more than 95,000 immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, including New York, pushing the city’s shelter system to the limit. The city says it’s up to the feds to help resolve financial problems caused by the crisis.

“The money we spend on immigrants, we shouldn’t spend it. It should come from the federal government. So if the federal government would step in and do their part, then we would be in a much better situation.” place, you know, so we need help,” said Ingrid Lewis Martin, senior advisor to Mayor Adams.

the state of texas There is a court battle with federal authorities over whether he can enforce border security on his own. after a local law was passed.

“Texas has the legal authority to arrest people who cross the barbed wire barriers at our border,” Abbott said.

But now the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to hear the case, after The US Supreme Court temporarily allowed the Texas law to take effect.

Federal authorities and advocacy groups insist that immigration should remain a job for federal officials, not state officials.

“Federal law has been clear that states do not have to regulate who can enter the country and who has to leave. That is simply the core of federal immigration power,” said Spencer Amdur of the American Civil Liberties Union. .

It is unclear when the Fifth Circuit will rule.

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