Republican-run Orange County, New York, declared a state of emergency on Monday over an influx of migrants expected to arrive in the area on buses sent by Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
County Executive Steve Neuhaus said Adams’ plans to expand housing opportunities in the area for migrants was done without the consultation of local officials, the declaration stated. Adams has also recently drawn the ire of nearby Rockland County, New York, for indicating he would send migrant transports there. (RELATED: New York City Is Shelling Out $8 Million Per Day To House Migrants)
“The County of Orange is not capable of receiving and sustaining such volume of migrants and asylum seekers that New York City intends to or hereafter does transport to the County, whose presence will spike the number of people in need of government services at all levels of government in the County,” the declaration stated.
Orange County lacks the capability to house migrants long term and fears that protests could erupt over the transports, according to the declaration. Adams has been advertising to migrants that there’s longer term housing for them in Orange C0unty.
“According to the promotional brochures by New York City, that migrants/asylum seekers will also receive medical care, food, laundry and other necessities, only initially to be funded by the City of New York,” the declaration stated.
Rockland County has also decried Adams’ plans to bus migrants to their area. “This is absurd, and we will not stand for it. There is nothing humanitarian about a Sanctuary City sending busloads of people to a County that does not have the infrastructure to care for them. It’s the same as throwing them in the middle of the ocean with nowhere to swim,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said of the move.
Adams also bused migrants to Plattsburgh, New York, which is situated near the northern border with Canada.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing migrants from the southern border to New York City in April 2022. More migrants are expected to head to the Big Apple with the looming end of Title 42, a Trump-era border policy, on May 11. Democratic El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser and later Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis also sent buses of migrants to New York City.
“The Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams has decried the fact that Governor Abbott has chosen to send such migrants and asylum seekers to those jurisdictions with minority mayors, he has in a similar fashion sent the same migrants and asylum seekers to targeted republican controlled counties, failing and refusing to send the same to democrat controlled counties,” the declaration stated.
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