New NYC Illegal Migrant Rules Shift Burden To NJ

New Jersey has become an unwitting transit point for illegal migrants bound for New York City. This shift is a direct consequence of recent actions by NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D), who implemented strict measures aimed at controlling the influx of migrants coming into the Big Apple via buses.

Since 2022, over 130,000 migrants have made their way to New York, far exceeding the city’s typical capacity for unhoused travelers. In response, Adams issued an executive order last month demanding advance notice from bus operators transporting migrants and restricting the hours they can enter the city.

The order led to an increased number of migrants being dropped off at train stations across New Jersey. “Our Administration has tracked the recent arrival of a handful of buses of migrant families at various NJ TRANSIT train stations,” said Tyler Jones, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

Murphy, who once campaigned on making New Jersey a “sanctuary state,” warned last September that the state could not accommodate more migrants. The shift marks a departure from his previous boasts of his state’s sanctuary status, which he said embodied the “goodness of America” and served as the nation’s “moral compass.”

Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli observed, “It seems quite clear the bus operators are finding a way to thwart the requirements of the New York City Executive Order by dropping migrants at the train station in Secaucus and having them continue to their final destination.”

A substantial number of the illegal migrants now entering NYC are coming on buses originating from Texas. As part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) Operation Lone Star, the Texas state government has been contracting with private carriers to transport illegal migrants who have been released by the Biden administration into the U.S. with little or no supervision to Democrat-controlled cities.

Adams has described the situation as an “erosion of the quality of life” for residents, and the city now estimates that the incoming flood of migrants could cost up to $12 billion through the fiscal year 2025.