NYC Mayor Adams Files Suit Against 17 Texas Charter Bus Companies for Transporting Migrants
In today’s filings, New York Mayor Adams alleges that 17 Texas bus charter companies have violated Section 149 of the New York Social Services Law.
The key element of the statute - that the transport of individuals to New York be "for the purpose of making [them] a public charge" - is easily met. N.Y. Soc. Serv. Law § 149.43. The Defendants have implemented the Texas Governor's publicly announced plan to shift costs from Texas to New York by transporting, or causing to be transported, tens of thousands of individuals in need of care from Texas to New York City. In fact, the Defendants have already transported, or caused to be transported, at least approximately 33,600 individuals in need of care from Texas to New York City and the transports are ongoing.
The lawsuit comes a week after Adams announced an executive order restricting how charter buses can drop off migrants in the city. In it, he required bus companies to notify his administration 32 hours in advance and drop off migrants only between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on weekdays at a specific Manhattan location.
Last week’s order has already caused the bus companies, most of which are chartered by the state of Texas, to circumvent the new rules by dropping migrants off in areas outside New York City’s jurisdiction, such as Edison, N.J. and outside the weekday morning time frame. Since the order, migrants have been dropped off at “various NJ TRANSIT train stations,” a spokesperson for New Jersey’s Gov. Phil Murphy told POLITICO in a statement.
As of Dec. 29, Texas has bused more than 82,000 people from Texas border cities to Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles, according to the governor’s office.
Since August 2022, Texas has bused 36k migrants to New York
Question: if it cost $59.4 million to bus 36 thousand illegals to New York at the alleged rate of $1650, how much has it cost the state of Texas for the busing of migrants to other states? Abbott most recently added flying to the busing. I know chartering flights is not cheap.
Interesting fact: Governor Abbott isn’t the only one bussing people across the country. As of October—Arizona Governor Hobbs has transported at least 26k migrants in less than a year—The vast majority of migrants Border Reporter Ali Bradley speaks to crossing into Arizona are heading to New York—And those conversations are happening before they interact with an NGO or Border Patrol agents.
So why is Adams only suing Texas Bus Charter companies?
According to public reporting based on data obtained under the Texas Public Information Act, the Defendants receive roughly $1,650 per person on chartered buses compared to $291 for a single one-way ticket.”
Since April 2022, Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to send migrants to Democratic-led cities that the governor has described as sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants.
In December, Abbott ordered that 120 people be flown to Chicago, the first time Texas has used a plane to transport migrants.