Cybersecdn- New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced a significant legal step, launching a $708 million lawsuit against 17 charter buses and transportation companies involved in transporting migrants to the city. This lawsuit marks a critical response to the financial strain placed on the city due to the influx of migrants over the past 20 months.
The city’s legal action seeks to recover the substantial costs incurred in providing emergency shelter and services to these migrants. Mayor Adams emphasized New York City’s commitment to managing the humanitarian crisis but highlighted the unsustainable nature of bearing these costs alone. He pointed to the role of Texas Governor Abbott’s policies in exacerbating the situation, accusing the companies of participating in a scheme to overwhelm New York City’s social services.
This lawsuit aims to recoup funds spent on caring for migrants already in the city and anticipates future costs associated with Governor Abbott’s ongoing plan. Adams accused the companies of violating state law by not bearing the cost of migrant care, calling Governor Abbott’s use of migrants as political pawns chaotic, inhumane, and politically motivated.
In response, Governor Greg Abbott dismissed the lawsuit as baseless, asserting that all migrants were transported voluntarily and had been authorized by the Biden Administration to remain in the United States. He maintained that their constitutional right to travel across the country was being interfered with by Mayor Adams.
This legal action by New York City underscores the complex challenges faced by municipalities in dealing with large-scale migrant movements and the political tensions that arise from differing approaches to immigration and humanitarian aid.