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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Sunday the city is considering legal action against Texas over busloads of migrants sent to the Big Apple from the Lone Star State.
“Our legal team is looking into legal challenges we could face with Texas,” the Democrat told TBEN 2. “We believe there are some options that we have because if you involuntarily put someone on a bus, we believe that’s the breaking the law… We spare no effort to make sure New Yorkers are too [not] be treated unfairly.”
This is because more buses from Texas arrived in New York City on Sunday morning.
Adams has also suggested that the city could use cruise ships to accommodate the thousands of migrants who have entered homeless shelters in the city. He said former Mayor Mike Bloomberg considered cruise ships as temporary housing to tackle homelessness, but never went ahead.
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“We see that as a temporary measure, not a permanent measure. A permanent measure is to get people into the house,” he said in the TBEN 2 interview. “We need to find temporary measures to address this problem.”
Since May, at least 11,000 migrants have entered the city’s homeless shelters, including 2,500 who arrived on buses sent through Texas. New York City has opened 23 emergency shelters and is expected to open another 38, Adams said.
In other TV interviews on Sunday, Adams called on Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott to at least notify the city of sending migrant buses.
City Hall officials called Abbott’s office and asked to coordinate bus arrivals so that there would be time to contact family members and sponsors of newcomers and to prepare shelter space.
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“They took the call and said they would coordinate,” he said on TBEN’s “This Week.”
“And they didn’t coordinate at all, because I don’t think it was politically expedient to coordinate. It was more to do this, basically political showmanship you see,” Adams continued.
Abbott has said Texas will continue to send buses carrying migrants to refuges like New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago until the federal government secures the southern border.
TBEN News’ Bill Melugin said a Department of Homeland Security source reported that the El Paso, Texas, sector experienced 1,967 illegal border crossings with only 335 Title 42 evictions over a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday.
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During the same period, the Del Rio sector saw 1,707 illegal crossings with only 514 Title 42 evictions and the Yuma sector 757 illegal crossings with only 39 Title 42 evictions, according to Melugin’s source.
Adams said in two additional TV interviews on Sunday that Abbott and Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, relocated migrants as a distraction from their “erosion of basic human rights,” citing Republicans’ stance on abortion and guns.
The offices of Abbott and Adams did not respond to TBEN News Digital’s requests for comment.