Mayor Eric Adams sues 17 charter bus companies for $700 million for transporting asylum seekers to New York

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NEW YORK — In a surprising and unexpected move to stop Texas Governor Greg Abbott from sending busloads of asylum seekers to New York City, Mayor Eric Adams has filed a lawsuit against 17 charter bus companies used by the Lone Star State.

He wants the bus companies to reimburse the city for the hundreds of millions of dollars it has cost to host them.

Just call it the Empire State Strikes Back, with a bold counterattack on Abbott.

“New York City has and will always do our part to manage this humanitarian crisis, but we cannot bear the cost of the reckless political ploys of the state of Texas alone,” Adams said.

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The mayor sued bus companies that, since spring 2022, have been used by Abbott to send asylum seekers to New York, with officials showing them maps, giving them bar-coded wristbands with their destinations clearly marked and then the drivers check them. to make sure they land in the city.

The lawsuit seeks $708 million to compensate the city for the cost of room, board and medical care.

“These companies have violated state law by not paying the cost of caring for these immigrants,” Adams said.

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The lawsuit accuses the companies of “bad faith” conduct and violating New York’s social services law by leaving asylum seekers in New York City without providing them with a means of support.

“Governor Abbott’s continued use of immigrants as political pawns is not only chaotic and inhumane, it makes clear that he puts politics before people,” Adams said.

The final straw for the mayor was apparently Abbott’s decision. send buses to New Jersey train stations connecting to New York City to thwart an executive order limit the days and times that buses full of asylum seekers could arrive here.

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Adams is also looking to build a regional coalition to stop Abbott.

“Last night I reached out to the governor of New Jersey. We also spoke to the governor of Connecticut. We need to continue reaching out to our colleagues in the region,” Adams said.

Adams and Abbott have been involved in an intense Texas Hold ‘Em poker game over the asylum seeker crisis. It remains to be seen whether the lawsuit will force Abbott to put up his chips.

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