New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), who bragged during his campaign about NYC being a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens, has issued an executive order requiring bus drivers bringing illegal immigrants into the city to give advance notice to officials.
“Over the past several months, thousands of asylum seekers have been arriving in New York City, from the Southern border, without having any immediate plans for shelter,” said Mayor Adams. “The City now faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that requires it to take extraordinary measures to meet the immediate needs of the asylum seekers.”
Drivers must report the number of people they are bringing, and the likelihood that those people will be seeking emergency services, and the number of families with children three days prior to arrival.
The executive order also restricts the time and locations that immigrants can be dropped-off, as before buses often arrived at night and at random, unspecified locations throughout the city.
Drivers are now only permitted to bring immigrants between 8:30am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday, and will be directed to specific locations.
The influx of illegal immigrants has overwhelmed the city’s emergency services.
Adams has sought to protect his own city from the unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants, yet he opposes any of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) attempts to secure the border and stop the root of the problem.
Adams called Abbott’s attempts “cruel” and “inhumane.”
Gov. Abbott has been bussing illegal immigrants into liberal cities to force those cities to feel the effects of liberal immigration policies.
Although Adams has expressed frustration with the waves of illegal immigrants arriving in NYC, he hasn’t said what he thinks Abbott should do with the hundreds of thousands of people entering his state illegally.
In recent years, Maine has received an influx of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, and Haiti.
In March, the Biden Administration provided Portland with a “Busing Toolkit” instructing city officials on how they should prepare for the potential arrival of busloads of illegal aliens and asylum seekers.
“The Biden Administration is committed to ensuring that city, county, and state governments are prepared to receive migrants who are bused to their jurisdictions from the southwest border,” the Biden Administration memo stated.
“The Administration is marshaling all available federal resources to cities already accepting migrants, and actively helping local officials and non-government organizations (NGOs) in those cities to coordinate migrant intake, shelter, care, and transportation,” the Biden Administration said.
The influx of migrants into southern Maine has strained the social services and welfare benefits offered by the city of Portland. When administering taxpayer-funded General Assistance welfare, Portland does not require proof of citizenship or legal status.
According to a Maine Wire review of financial records, Portland has spent 50 times more per person than other Maine cities on GA welfare, accounting for 73 percent of all GA welfare spending in the state.
Because the city does not keep track of how much of this money is flowing to U.S. citizens versus foreign nationals, there’s no way of knowing the extent of taxpayer dollars that have gone to illegal aliens and asylum seekers.
This influx of non-citizens has fed into Portland’s homelessness crisis. As foreign nationals have increasingly relied on Portland area homeless shelters, other Maine resident shave been pushed onto the streets. Throughout 2023, Portland has struggled to deal with sprawling homelessness encampments that continue to pop up throughout the city.
The Maine Wire reached out to Portland Mayor Mark Dion to ask if he would consider implementing safeguards similar to those put in place in New York City, but he did not respond.
As the situation at both borders have become catastrophic in recent months, the federal government refuses to enforce United States immigration laws, despite the widespread impact of illegal immigration across the country.
In response, Abbott has made it a state crime to cross over Texas’ southern border illegally, thus empowering Texas state police to enforce immigration laws that the federal government has refused to enforce.
Abbott’s law is scheduled to take effect in March, but federal and state entities, including the White House, have heavily criticized the measure.
Multiple civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Civil Rights Project have already filed a lawsuit against Texas for its new measure.
The White House refused to say whether it would take legal action against Texas, but maintains a belief that the Texas law is unconstitutional.