Officials are claiming that illegal immigrants are entering New York City by train after Democratic Mayor Eric Adams issued an executive order last week that placed multiple restrictions on bus companies transporting migrants from red states to New York City, according to The Hill.
Last week, Adams announced an executive order requiring bus companies to notify New York City at least 32 hours prior to the arrival of busloads of migrants paid “by a third party.” The executive order was meant to address the city’s growing migrant crisis, which officials have estimated will cost the city $12 billion by the end of fiscal year 2025.
According to The Daily Wire, over 130,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in New York City since 2022. Adams has repeatedly placed pressure on President Joe Biden’s administration to take steps to address the growing migrant crisis.
The New York City mayor has also criticized Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) for transporting large numbers of illegal immigrants to Democrat-controlled “sanctuary cities” throughout the United States.
“We cannot allow buses with people needing our help to arrive without warning at any hour of day and night,” Adams said during the announcement of his executive order last week. “This not only prevents us from providing assistance in an orderly way, it puts those who have already suffered so much in danger.”
New Jersey officials have indicated that bus operators have found a potential loophole in the mayor’s executive order by dropping illegal immigrants off at the Secaucus Junction Train Station, which is located only 15 minutes from New York City.
According to POLITICO, Mayor Michael Gonnelli of Secaucus, New Jersey, said that roughly four busloads of migrants were left at the Secaucus Junction Train Station on Saturday morning.
“It seems quite clear the bus operators are finding a way to thwart the requirements of the [New York City] Executive Order by dropping migrants at the train station in Secaucus and having them continue to their final destination,” the Gonnelli said.
Tyler Jones, a spokesperson for the office of Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.), told The Hill that in addition to buses dropping migrants off at Secaucus Junction Train Station, bus operators are leaving migrants at multiple other train stations throughout New Jersey.
“Our Administration has tracked the recent arrival of a handful buses of migrant families at various NJ TRANSIT train stations,” Jones said. “New Jersey is primarily being used as a transit point for these families — all or nearly all of them continued with their travels en route to their final destination of New York City.”
Jones added, “We are closely coordinating with our federal and local partners on this matter, including our colleagues across the Hudson.”