The state of New York is considering taking legal action against Texas over the numbers of buses full of asylum seekers every day. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is sending more buses to the city in hopes of the state taking in the asylum seekers and accommodating them. While New York is a sanctuary state and is devoted to protecting migrants, it is overwhelming to assist such a high number of asylum seekers at one time. Housing shelters have reached their “breaking point” as over 11,000 migrants have arrived in the city since May. The city has in turn opened twenty-three emergency shelters and is in the process of opening countless more to accommodate everyone. City Hall is now considering the option of opening up cruise ships as temporary housing as the city is struggling with Gov. Abbott’s shipments of asylum seekers. Despite experiencing challenges to help every single migrant, New York is eager to find permanent measures as opposed to these temporary procedures.
Another reason why New York is ready to take legal action against Texas is because there are Covid-positive asylum seekers on the buses that Gov. Abbott. has sent to New York. The passengers also required immediate medical attention when arriving in New York due to the lack of food and water on the buses. In addition, many were mandated to take the ride to New York City despite wanting to go to destinations other than New York. New York is determined to find solutions to these issues and help as many asylum seekers as possible.