Immigrant Rights Advocates Demand Solutions, Not Lawsuits

New York, NY—Today, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a $700 million lawsuit against 17 charter bus companies for transporting asylum seekers from Texas to New York. 

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“For almost two years, Mayor Adams has treated the arrival of asylum seekers as an emergency, trying everything he can to dissuade asylum seekers from coming to New York rather than developing an efficient and thoughtful process to welcome them. This lawsuit is just another tactic in the Adams administration’s grab bag of ineffective approaches that have nothing to do with creating lasting change. The Mayor needs to stop complaining that the city is at a breaking point and scapegoating immigrants. He should instead be implementing solutions like expanding and streamlining immigration legal services. New York businesses need workers, and increasing the city’s investment in legal services will put people on the path to legalization and work authorization so they can start building and strengthening our economy. We must move long-term shelter residents and new New Yorkers into permanent housing quickly by implementing the new CityFHEPS rules passed by the NYC Council. This will ensure our neighbors get on the road to self-sufficiency and stability. New York has been welcoming and integrating immigrants for generations. Today is no different, despite what the Adams administration claims.”