NYC Sues Companies Helping Abbott With Migrant Bussing
New York City is suing some bus companies for their role in transporting illegal immigrants from Texas to the city for the past year and a half. The lawsuit was announced on Thursday by Democratic Mayor Eric Adams, who revealed that the city is trying to get $708 million to help it manage the housing and feeding costs for the illegal immigrants bussed into it.
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“Today, we are taking legal action against 17 companies that have taken part in Texas Governor [Greg] Abbott’s scheme to transport tens of thousands of migrants to New York City in an attempt to overwhelm our social services system,” Adams said in a statement, accusing the bus companies of violating state law.
The bus companies named are Buckeye Coach, Wynne Transportations, Classic Elegance Coaches, Garcia and Garcia Enterprises, Windstar Lines, Southwest Crew Change Company, Mayo Tours, Coastal Crew Change Company, Cardigan Tours, El Paso United Charters, Norteno Express, Roadrunner Charters, VLP Charters, Transportes Regiomontanos, Ejecutivo Enterprises, Lily’s Bus Lines and JY Charter Bus.
According to Adams, dropping migrants in NYC and failing to pay the cost of caring for them is a violation of state law. “…and that’s why we are suing to recoup approximately $700 million already spent to care for migrants sent here in the last two years by Texas,” he said.
The lawsuit also accused the companies of acting in “bad faith” or with “evil intent,” as it revealed that the money they received for the transportation of the illegal immigrants to NYC is over five times more than a one-way ticket to the city normally costs.
As written in the suit, “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.”
Abbott began bussing illegal immigrants from Texas to New York City in August, 2022, to ease Texas of the burden of migrants trooping in from the border.
The governor had published an op-ed on The New York Post at the time, slamming Adams for launching “a publicity campaign fueled by outright lies and misinformation” in protest of the transfer of migrants to his city.
“Adams talked the talk about being a sanctuary city — welcoming illegal immigrants into the Big Apple with warm hospitality. Talk is cheap. When pressed into fulfilling such ill-considered policies, he wants to condemn anyone who is pressing him to walk the walk,” he wrote.