New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has sued 17 charter bus companies, demanding they reimburse the city for the cost of accommodating the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants whom they brought to the Big Apple.
Amid an unprecedented surge in illegal border crossings, Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has pursued a policy of bussing illegals to sanctuary cities to highlight the Biden administration’s lax approach to border enforcement. More than 110,000 illegals have arrived in New York City over the past year.
The suit, which CBS News obtained, set the figure at more than 33,600 sent to New York at Abbott’s directive, quoting the governor’s estimation, and set the cost of providing care for that number at roughly $708 million.
Adams further alleged that some defendants were actively working to circumvent a New York City executive order requiring that any charter bus transporting at least 10 people whom the operator knows “are likely to seek emergency shelter and other immediate services” inform the city of the time and point of arrival in advance.
The suit comes as Adams faces blowback for announcing sweeping cuts to city services, including police, in November, a move on which he partially blamed the influx of new arrivals to the city. Both the city’s largest public-sector union and the United Federation of Teachers have filed separate lawsuits over the cuts.