New York imposes restrictions on migrant buses at the Mexican border

The migration crisis that has affected New York since the beginning of 2022 has led the city’s mayor, Eric Adams, to take drastic measures to regulate the arrival of migrant buses from the border to control the flow of people.

With more than 122,000 migrants arriving in the city in less than two years, Adams has expressed concern about the lack of resources and means to manage the situation.

Despite repeatedly requesting federal assistance to cover the costs of housing and living expenses, New York has decided to take matters into its own hands and has announced new regulations for charter buses transporting migrants.

Charter bus regulations

In an effort to control the arrival of migrants in a more coordinated manner, Mayor Adams has issued an executive order establishing new restrictions on charter buses. These buses will now be required to give at least 32 hours’ notice of arrival before entering one of the city’s five boroughs.

This measure seeks to avoid the sudden and unexpected arrival of buses with migrants and to allow for better planning by the authorities.

In terms of permitted times, buses will only be allowed to arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, buses will only be allowed to drop off passengers at a specific location: the Port Authority Bus Terminal, located in the heart of Manhattan.

However, the city’s Emergency Management Department may make exceptions to this rule in special cases. Buses that do not comply with these regulations may face fines and even impoundment of the vehicles.

Immigration crisis at the border

These new regulations come at a time when a new wave of migrants is expected in the coming weeks. The border with Mexico has experienced a considerable increase in the number of crossings, which has led authorities to be overwhelmed by the daily arrival of thousands of migrants from different parts of the world.

Despite Mayor Adams’ efforts to address the situation at the source, such as his recent tour of Mexico and Latin America, no effective solution has been found.

Protecting Migrants and Ensuring Security

Mayor Adams has made it clear that these regulations do not seek to prevent the arrival of migrants, but rather to ensure their safety and allow for a more coordinated and orderly reception. In recent weeks, New York City has registered more than 14,700 new arrivals of migrants, evidencing the need for stricter measures to control the flow of people. At the same time, Adams has accused Governor Abbott of using migrants as “political pawns” by promising to send 25,000 additional immigrants to New York City.

Support from other cities and a call to the federal government

In the face of this immigration crisis, other cities such as Chicago have also taken similar measures to regulate the arrival of migrant buses. The mayor of Chicago, Brandon Johnson, has requested federal help to address this situation and has expressed his concern for the future of the country.

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston has joined these calls, stressing the need for Joe Biden’s administration to issue a federal emergency declaration and implement a national resettlement strategy to address this humanitarian crisis.

Economic impact and care measures

Spending on migrant care has led to cuts in New York City municipal budgets. Under a 1980s law, the city is theoretically obligated to provide housing for anyone in need. However, Mayor Adams has attempted to repeal this law twice, drawing criticism from NGOs and activist groups.

In addition, a limit of 60 days of shelter accommodation has been established for migrant families with minors, and 30 days for men traveling alone.

Other measures, such as distributing migrants to other locations in New York State or even sending them to the Canadian border, have also failed to resolve the situation due to the constant flow of arrivals.


The migration crisis in New York has prompted Mayor Eric Adams to take drastic measures to regulate the arrival of migrants via charter buses. These regulations seek to ensure the safety of migrants and allow for a more coordinated and orderly reception.

Despite the mayor’s efforts and calls from other cities, the federal government is expected to take a more active role in managing this humanitarian crisis.

Situation at the border remains a challenge, and the number of migrant arrivals is expected to increase in the coming weeks.