Mayor Eric Adams last week announced strict rules for how buses can drop off migrants in the city.

“You’re allowed to drop off migrants in the city between a certain time period, but you’re going to do it in the location that we specify so we don’t overtax our resources, our manpower or create a disorderly environment,” the mayor said last Friday.

What You Need To Know

  • Buses of migrants are starting to arrive in neighboring New Jersey amid Mayor Adams' new executive order
  • Adams last week announced strict rules for how buses can drop off migrants in the city
  • The executive order requires buses arrive between 8:30 am and noon and that 32-hour notice be given
  • Any migrant that does arrive to the city, even amid the strict bus protocol, will still be able to receive services and a bed

The executive order requires buses arrive between 8:30 a.m. and noon — and that 32-hour notice be given.

However, since taking effect last Friday, migrants are now being dropped in New Jersey.

The mayors of Jersey City and Secaucus blame the unexpected bus loads of migrants in their communities on Adams.

“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,” said Mayor John Gonnelli of Secaucus in a statement Sunday.

City Hall told NY1 Monday that no enforcement action has taken place against a bus operator.

The Adams administration insists the new mandate is meant to better coordinate new arrivals and not about stopping migrants from coming to the city.

“Texas Governor Greg Abbott continues to treat asylum seekers like political pawns, and is instead now dropping families off in surrounding cities and states in the cold, dark of night with train tickets to travel to New York City, just like he has been doing in Chicago in response to their similar executive order,“ said Kayla Mamalek, mayor Adams' deputy press secretary.

In recent weeks, City officials say they've been experiencing a surge of migrants recently. At one point 14 buses arrived overnight two weeks ago.

Mayor Adams has been pleading for federal aid amid the ongoing influx. In December, he made his tenth trip to Washington, but has yet to receive any additional aid.

Any buses in violation of the new rules could face a Class B misdemeanor that can lead to fines as well as having the vehicle impounded.

Meanwhile, some mayors outside the city have taken their own action to prevent surprise migrant drop-offs.

Like the Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann who on Monday issued his own migrant bus ban.

Hoehmann’s order prevents charter buses from unexpectedly dropping off buses of migrants in the town. A bus found violating the order faces a fine of $750 per person dropped off and potential impoundment.

More than 161,000 migrants have come here, with more than 67,000 currently in the city’s care, according to the City Hall.