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Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York City will enforce new rules for charter buses transporting migrants, requiring a 32-hour notice before arriving in the five boroughs.

This executive order aims to manage an anticipated surge in migrant arrivals in the coming weeks, according to Mayor Adams during a news briefing.

The order stipulates that buses must arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. from Monday to Friday, limiting drop-offs to a specified location—the Port Authority Bus Terminal on West 41st Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues—unless authorized by the city’s Emergency Management department.

Failure to comply with the order may result in a class B misdemeanor, leading to fines and potential bus impoundment. Mayor Adams emphasized the importance of coordination to ensure the safety of migrants and prevent disorderly arrivals.

Acknowledging the recent influx, with over 14,700 new arrivals in the last month, Mayor Adams highlighted a record-breaking night with 14 buses arriving in the five boroughs. He attributed the situation partly to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, accusing him of using migrants as “political pawns” and claiming Abbott promised to send an additional 25,000 migrants to New York City.

Mayor Adams, along with Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, called for federal assistance during the briefing. Adams urged the Biden administration to issue a federal declaration of emergency and implement a “national resettlement strategy” to address the ongoing migrant influx.

In conclusion, Mayor Adams stressed the need for immediate action, emphasizing that New York City, built by immigrants, seeks federal leadership in managing the humanitarian crisis rather than relying solely on local efforts.

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