Hundreds of immigrants are being dropped off at New Jersey train stations to bypass new charter busing restrictions ordered by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who said previous migrant arrivals are overwhelming city services, New Jersey officials said. Like many large cities, New York has seen a significant surge in migrants arriving from the southern border, including thousands on buses chartered by Texas officials. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he has now dispersed nearly 100,000 migrants to Democrat-run cities nationally under Operation Lone Star, according to USA Today. In December, New York City recorded 14,700 migrant arrivals, including 14 buses in a single night. New York City officials said they've processed about 161,000 migrants over the past several months. Officials in New York, Chicago and Denver have been struggling to accommodate the migrants, many of whom are arriving with no support systems, housing or money, and overwhelming emergency shelters. In New York, Adams last week issued an executive order restricting where and when buses carrying migrants can drop off passengers in the city.
Within days, bus drivers began dropping passengers at New Jersey train stations instead. At least four buses transporting migrants destined for New York City arrived at the train station at Secaucus Junction, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said Sunday. “It seems quite clear the bus operators are finding a way to thwart the requirements of the executive order by dropping migrants at the train station in Secaucus and having them continue to their final destination,” Gonnelli said. “Perhaps the requirements Mayor Adams put in place are too stringent and are resulting in unexpected consequences as it seems the bus operators have figured out a loophole in the system in order to ensure the migrants reach their final destination, which is New York City." New Jersey State Police said it's been happening across the state, Gonnell said. A social media account associated with Jersey City reported that 10 buses from Texas and one from Louisiana with 397 migrants arrived at New Jersey train stations