Several buses transporting migrants to New York City used transit points in New Jersey to bypass new rules from Mayor Eric Adams. The order requires charter bus companies to provide manifests and schedules at least 32 hours in advance. This measure is a response to efforts by Texas and other Republican-led states to send migrants to Democratic cities without prior notice.
Over the past weekend, at least four buses arrived at Secaucus Junction, New Jersey, according to local Mayor Michael Gonnelli. After being dropped off at the train station, migrants took trains to New York City, apparently taking advantage of a loophole in the system.
Jersey City reported that approximately 10 buses arrived from Texas and Louisiana at various transit stations in the state, transporting nearly 400 migrants. Mayor Adams mentioned that his city has received over 14,700 newcomers in the last month, with 14 buses arriving in a single night from Texas.
This rerouting tactic comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott boasted about transporting over 33,600 migrants to New York City since August 2022. The New York City Council condemned the action, calling it cruel treatment toward asylum seekers and their families.
The phenomenon is recurring in other states, such as Illinois, where hundreds of asylum seekers arrived at Rockford International Airport on private planes from Texas. Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson described the situation as unsustainable and a crisis that local governments must address.
Amid this controversy, Senator Lindsey Graham highlights the border crisis as a “national security nightmare” and conditions aid to Ukraine and Israel on an agreement regarding border security. Officials from Mexico are expected to visit Washington in January to continue discussions on how to curb the influx of migration to the United States. The meeting will evaluate progress and determine new measures in law enforcement on the Mexican side of the border. The migration crisis in the United States remains a crucial challenge in the current political agenda.
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