‘This is a national issue.’ Another round of migrant buses arrives in Secaucus
Another round of buses carrying immigrants entering the United States from the southern border arrived in New Jersey on Thursday.
The latest group was dropped in Secaucus at the train station before quickly boarding trains to New York City.
According to the New Jersey State Police, since Dec. 30, 26 buses in all have delivered immigrants to train stations in Edison, Fanwood, Secaucus and Trenton. There were a total of 1,200 people. All boarded buses in Texas.
Police are watching their arrivals closely and are ready to help people should they decide to stay.
Gov. Phil Murphy responded to the issue on Thursday by saying he’s tired of what he considers to be political gimmicks, the shipping-out of migrants from Texas to cities like New York, Chicago and Denver.
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“With all due respect to the governor of Texas and others who I think are playing with people's lives, I think they should be ashamed of themselves,” Murphy said. “This is a national issue. We need Congress to take action…We need a responsible humane way to secure our borders. We need to find a pathway for the many millions who are here to some sort of status.”
The bus that pulled into Secaucus Thursday morning had many families from Colombia and Ecuador.
They’re showing up in New Jersey instead of New York City because New York Mayor Eric Adams established new rules that busses can only drop off on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
But these drivers seem to be intentionally stopping before crossing the Hudson River.
The busses are expected to continue arriving in New Jersey.