Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a Fox News interview that New York City Mayor Eric Adams should sue President Joe Biden instead of the bus companies transporting illegal aliens from Texas to NYC. 

“The mayor sued the wrong party,” Abbott said on Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “If the mayor is really trying to cut down on the number of illegal immigrants coming into New York, he needs to be suing Joe Biden, not these bus companies.”

Abbott also said that the lawsuit is legally baseless. “And the mayor is going to lose very badly because of this specific reason,” he stated. “Everybody who is bused to or planed to New York is already authorized by the Biden Administration to be within the United States legally.”

This, Abbott explained, gives them the legal right to travel anywhere within the United States. He also said that the lawsuit violates the U.S. Constitution and that he hopes Adams is forced to pay all legal fees incurred by anyone who has to defend against the lawsuit.

Adams’ lawsuit, filed on January 4, targets 17 charter bus companies to pay for all expenses that NYC incurred as a result of the illegal aliens transported from Texas to the city. 

Currently, this totals approximately $708 million in as little as the last 20 months alone, as the crisis in New York continues to worsen. 

In a video announcement of the lawsuit, Adams attacked Abbott’s busing policy. “We cannot bear the cost of reckless political ploys from the state of Texas alone,” he said. 

Adams continued, “Today, our administration filed a lawsuit against 17 companies that have taken part in Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s scheme to transport tens of thousands of migrants to New York City in an attempt to overwhelm our social services system.”

Among the companies mentioned in the lawsuit are Buckeye Coach, Carduan Tours, Classic Elegance Coaches, Coastal Crew Change Company, Ejecutivo Enterprises Inc., and El Paso United Charters. 

Texas Scorecard reached out to Abbott for comment but has not received a response. 

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.