New York City’s new restrictive measures put into place to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the Big Apple are forcing bus companies to find a new workaround.
The office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said that multiple cities in the Garden State near New York City have seen buses full of illegal immigrants dropped off recently. The migrants on those buses then make their way to NJ Transit train stations so they can head into New York City.
“It is not backfiring.” @NYCMayor on his new Executive Order re #Migrant buses. Many buses headed here stopping in NJ instead of NYC — but asylum seekers still come to Manhattan by train. Today he called on New Jersey municipalities to implement their own EOs on buses. #NBC4NY pic.twitter.com/Twd2Gtgvqu
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“New Jersey is primarily being used as a transit point for these families,” said Tyler Jones, a spokesperson for Murphy’s office. “All or nearly all of them continued with their travels en route to their final destination of New York City.”
Officials in the New Jersey cities of Jersey City, Trenton, Fanwood, and Secaucus have all reported buses dropping illegal immigrants off at train stations. This is being done to “thwart” new requirements put into place by New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) through a recent executive order.
While Murphy said back in September that the Garden State can’t have more illegal immigrants come, he openly campaigned during his last run for governor in favor of sanctuary cities.
His opponent in that race, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), said that sanctuary cities would only invite illegal immigrants to come, but Murphy took the opposite stance — saying sanctuary policies were the right way to go.
Now, his administration is being forced to deal with what he’s said in the past would be no big deal — a trove of illegal immigrants.
Bus companies have had to find new ways to get illegal immigrants to New York City in light of Adams’ recent executive order that put limits in place.
It requires all bus companies to give the city 32-hour advanced notice of any loads of illegal immigrants they are transporting to the city. There are also new limits in place on when the bus companies are allowed to bring illegal aliens to the city.
Any company that violates that order could have their vehicles impounded.