Since NYC Mayor Eric Adams recently issued an executive order to prevent the entry of asylum seekers, New Jersey has emerged as a major hub for migrant buses bound for New York City. The governor’s office of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, verified this development.
A number of busses carrying immigrant families have reportedly arrived at various NJ TRANSIT train stations, according to Tyler Jones, a spokesman for Murphy. For the most part, these families are traveling to New Jersey as a hub before going on to their ultimate goal of New York City. On this issue, the state is working closely with partners at the federal, municipal, and cross-Hudson levels.
The migrant busses have arrived at the rail terminals in Secaucus and Fanwood, New Jersey, according to their mayors. Mayor Reed Gusciora of Trenton stated that although it was unclear if the people on the buses were migrants, NJ Transit authorities notified the city of their arrival at the train station.
As busses keep arriving, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop emphasized the need for a statewide conversation and direction from the governor in a since-deleted social media post.
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli charged that the bus companies were abusing a “loophole” to get around New York City’s executive order, which mandates that they restrict drop-off times and give at least 32 hours’ notice of arrivals. He made the suggestion that the order might have unforeseen repercussions since it was excessively strict.
According to Gonnelli, the migrants are being dropped off by the buses at the train station in Secaucus Junction, from where they board trains to travel to New York City. He underlined that train stations all throughout the state are employing this strategy, and he promised to closely collaborate with county and state officials to keep an eye on the situation.
The incident has sparked a wider discussion about how asylum seekers are handled and how governments and cities might work together to manage the flood of refugees. The fact that New Jersey serves as a transit hub highlights the difficulties and complications local governments have in resolving this persistent humanitarian crisis.