Clarkstown emergency executive order targets New York City's migrant bus rerouting plans

The order prevents charter bus companies and any chartered vehicle from making unannounced migrant drop-offs at any location within the Town of Clarkstown.

Emily Drooby

Dec 29, 2023, 9:49 PM

Updated 207 days ago


Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann issued an executive order on Friday that prevents charter bus companies and any chartered vehicle from making unannounced migrant drop-offs at any location within the Town of Clarkstown.
If that order is broken, the charter company faces penalties of $750 per person illegally dropped off plus possible impoundment of vehicle with related costs and fines.
"Clarkstown didn't declare itself a sanctuary city like New York did, and we need to protect everybody. We need to protect our current residents, but we also need to protect the people, the migrants that are coming in," says Hoehmann.
The executive order is a reaction to an executive order issued by New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday that enforces new rules regarding busing migrants into the city. Specifically, the order puts limits on how much advance notice needs to be given, the location where drop-offs can occur, along with time and day restrictions.
Hoehmann says they reacted to this order because it is something they have seen before.
"They're following in the footsteps of Chicago," says Hoehmann. "And what happened in Chicago is, is that basically people were being dropped off around the city and overwhelming the local municipalities."
He says they hope this executive order will stop their town from dealing with the same issues.
In a statement to News12, a spokesperson for New York's City Hall praised the decision.
“We’re happy to hear Clarkstown Supervisor Hoehmann has joined our coalition, even if he doesn’t realize he has. Yesterday, our team had another call with local officials across the Tristate area, including with Rockland County Executive Ed Day, where we encouraged other counties and municipalities to issue their own executive orders that would prevent Texas Governor Abbott from using migrants as political pawns and causing chaos across the country through the chartering of buses full of migrants. We’re glad to hear Supervisor Hoehmann has heeded our advice and we encourage more localities to do the same and follow our lead. Together, our coalition will put an end to Governor Abbott’s cruel and inhumane policies.”
News 12 also spoke with Proyecto Faro, an immigrant-led organizing effort allied with immigrant and nonimmigrant religious and secular communities and organizations to galvanize support and action among those in Rockland County.
"Proyecto Faro is disappointed by Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann’s executive order. Penalties are unlikely to deter new arrivals and may discourage essential humanitarian efforts and contribute to a less compassionate approach toward coming and current migrants living in Rockland, potentially impacting their well-being and rights. Penalties foster harmful divisions without offering solutions to the challenges our county and new arrivals encounter. Moreover, they neglect the longstanding issues faced by disinvested communities that have been a part of this community and continue to contribute for generations. Politicians persist in dividing our community, exploiting challenging moments for their own gain. Instead of demonizing new arrivals, we should be trying to understand the reasons for their displacement and working creatively to respond to their needs. We need our governments to embrace this work with a first responder’s passion for helping all in need."
The executive order in Clarkstown went into effect immediately after being signed on Friday. It lasts 30 days, but there is talk of taking the steps to make it permanent starting in the new year. 

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