The NYPD pounced on buses carrying Texas frontier workers into the Big Apple on Friday — part of a desperate effort to slow the overwhelming flow of thousands of migrants, sources say.
The Post saw a team of NYPD Highway Patrol officers waiting near the Port Authority and around 6:15 a.m. stopped four buses that had just dropped off dozens of migrants
They then spent about an hour meticulously searching each bus for possible violations, including driver’s logs, tire threads, fluid levels and even wiper placement.
Some of the drivers received court appearance tickets and were allowed to drive off.
However, sources told the Post that the hope is to find excuses to take buses off the road to complicate the mass transfer of migrants from Republican border towns in Texas.
“Nothing is too small to take them out of service,” a law enforcement source told The Post of Friday’s Operation.
However, some of the stopped drivers insisted the crackdown would not deter the companies that post them.
“I don’t care if the NYPD controls us, we keep going on this ride because the money is too good,” said one of the drivers, who gave only the name of Misael after being handed four pink tickets to the court appearance, including one one for a loose seat belt.
“I am with [Texas Gov.] Greg Abbott all the way. I don’t want migrants in my state. if [President] Biden wants the borders open, the democracies can take them,” the Dallas-based driver stressed.
“What would you do if someone walked into your house because your neighbor kept saying ‘Welcome, welcome’?
“In Texas we say: Stack ’em, pack ’em and ship ’em to New York.”
The first vehicle stopped, a La Sultana Autobuses from Mexico, had just exited the Port Authority after dropping off 30 migrants who were being picked up from El Paso – the city responsible for most of the transportation, with at least 7,330 migrants who have been sent to New York City since 23.8.
The officials checked the logbook of the bus as well as headlights, turn signals, hazard warning lights, washer fluid, tire tread, brakes and tools.
After about an hour, they gave the drivers two pink tickets. The cops wouldn’t say what they were for, but one appeared to be over a loose windshield wiper.
Driver Robert Reis, 38, told the Post it’s “the second time I’ve made this trip from Texas to New York.”
“The people on the bus were migrants from Venezuela and Ecuador” whom he picked up “at a government building” in El Paso, he said.
“It took 40, maybe 42 hours to drive,” he said, saying he and another driver worked 8-hour shifts.
“I dropped four passengers in Dallas, four more in Nashville, and then 30 passengers disembarked in New York.
“There were families on my bus. They said the United States was their dream. They took pictures when we stopped for gas,” he said.
At the same time, an Ejecutivo Travel bus with Texas license plates was also stopped over a similar expectation, with officers also checking its stock of dried food and masks. It finally drove off with a ticket.
The police squad stayed at the checkpoint at West 41 Street and Dyer Avenue and pulled in a third bus just after 8 a.m
“This is my first ride with migrants from Texas to New York,” said the driver, who came from Dallas with migrants from Honduras and Cuba.
The NYPD did not immediately comment on the stops.
The operation comes ahead of a planned announcement by Mayor Adams on Friday about what his office has described as an “unprecedented crisis” of an estimated 17,400 migrants pouring into the city.
Texas Gov. Abbott and his Arizona and Florida counterparts have blamed President Biden’s border policies for the unprecedented influx, saying they were pushed to relocate thousands of migrants to Democratic safe haven cities.
However, Adams has specifically refused to blame Biden for the city’s crisis, which has strained the homeless shelter system and forced officials to convert 42 hotels into shelters.
Additional reporting by Amanda Woods
https://nypost.com/2022/10/07/nypd-now-ticketing-texas-migrant-buses-in-nyc-over-minor-issues/ NYPD is now issuing tickets for Texas migrant buses in NYC over ‘minor’ issues