The liberal Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, is facing backlash after attempting to force surrounding counties to house migrants bussed in by the city. Over 30 counties in New York State issued emergency executive orders banning hotels from accepting migrants sent by Adams. However, Adams responded by taking legal action against these executive orders, alleging that they were based on “specious claims.”
The orders were made in response to Adams’ decision to house migrants arriving in the city, which has become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, in hotels located in other counties across the state. While Adams claims that these migrants are refugees and asylum seekers in need of help, many arrived in the city courtesy of Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The Obama-appointed judge who oversaw the case argued that executive orders issued by Orange and Rockland counties unlawfully discriminated based on national origin. Nevertheless, these counties contend that the influx of migrants has already put a huge strain on local resources, and Adams’ plan is unsustainable.
The liberal Mayor of New York City has been accused of exporting migrants to other parts of the state despite his city’s status as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Adams’ plan has already been challenged by several counties, including Rockland and Orange, who issued orders prohibiting hotels from hosting migrants bussed in by the city.
The situation has led to a huge legal battle, with New York City suing over 30 counties across the state in a bid to have all executive orders declared null and void. The city alleges that the orders are based on “specious claims” around public safety, and the judge appointed to the case has agreed that the orders are discriminatory.
However, county officials argue that their resources are already stretched thin by the wave of migrants heading into New York City, many of whom are not genuine asylum seekers, but rather individuals looking for opportunities to start a new life in America.
The situation has divided opinion across the state, with some defending Adams’ attempts to house migrants, while others argue that the Mayor’s plan is botched and unsustainable. The legal battle looks set to continue, with New York City and the counties at odds over the future of the migrant crisis in the state.