Immigration crisis: New York files lawsuit against more than a dozen charter bus companies transporting immigrants from Texas

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams, seen here speaking during a press conference at City Hall, aims to address the financial burden posed by the growing migrant crisis.


A surge of migrants continues to overwhelm authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border and in U.S. cities where many asylum seekers are sent.

Here are the latest developments:

After trying to pump the brakes On Texas “rogue buses” dropping off thousands of immigrants, the mayor of New York City has filed a lawsuit against a dozen charter bus companies that transported immigrants from Texas to New York City.

the demandthat names 17 charter bus companies in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana, was filed Wednesday in the New York Supreme Court and seeks $708 million in damages to cover care provided to at least 33,600 asylum seekers who have arrived in the city since 2022.

CNN has contacted the offices of all 17 bus companies.

Mayor Adams’ latest legal action to stem the flow of asylum seekers into New York City aims to address the financial burden placed on the city as a result of the growing migrant crisis that is straining already strained local resources. .

Last week Adams signed an executive order Require all charter buses transporting asylum seekers to the city to comply with guidelines governing when and where migrants can be dropped off, and require prior written notification of their arrival under threat of confiscation, fines and even jail time. But “not a single Texas bus” had complied, Adams’ lead attorney, Lisa Zornberg, said Tuesday.

Under the leadership of Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, The Lone Star State has bused more than 90,000 immigrants to “sanctuary cities” led by Democratic elected officials such as New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles from April 2022, according to figures released by the governor’s office Friday.

He lawsuitfiled by New York City Social Services Commissioner Molly Wasow Park, singles out 17 charter bus companies, alleging they acted in “bad faith” by intentionally transporting “people to New York with the ‘bad intent’ of transporting the costs of care. for them to the state of New York.

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Migrants arrive by bus from Texas at the Port Authority bus station on October 7, 2022 in New York City.

From April 2022 to December 29, 2023, the bus companies transported people knowing that “they were transporting people who were likely to seek shelter and emergency services in New York City, and in fact they did so,” the lawsuit alleges.

Abbott dismissed the lawsuit in comments he posted on the governor’s state website.

“This lawsuit is unfounded and deserves to be sanctioned” Abbott said in an online statement Thursday in response to the lawsuit. “It is clear that Mayor Adams knows nothing about the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, nor about the constitutional right to travel that has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court.”

“Every migrant transported by bus or plane to New York City did so voluntarily, after being authorized by the Biden Administration to remain in the United States,” he continued. “As such, they have constitutional authority to travel throughout the country in which Mayor Adams is interfering. If the mayor persists in this lawsuit, he may be held legally responsible for his violations.”

The lawsuit cites Section 149 of the New York Social Services Law, which says, any person “who knowingly brings, or causes to be brought, a needy person from out of state into this state for the purpose of making him or her a burden public.” will be obligated to “remove said person from the state or support him or her at his or her own expense.”

The charter bus companies “have violated state law by not paying the cost of caring for these migrants, and that is why we are suing to recover approximately $700 million already spent to care for migrants sent here in the last two years by Texas Adams said. in a statement on Thursday.

The lawsuit alleges that charter bus companies “have earned millions of dollars in revenue from Texas” for assisting in the implementation of Abbott’s plan to bus immigrants to sanctuary cities to relieve their overwhelmed border cities.

Abbott has said that asylum seekers freely chose to go to New York, “having signed a waiver of voluntary consent, available in several languages, upon boarding that they agreed on the destination.”

Leaders of various Chicago suburbs They have also voted to prevent buses from dropping off immigrants without warning.

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