TX Governor: 70K Immigrants to be Bused to Dem Cities
In response to the ongoing crisis at the Southern border, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that the state will be busing another 70,000 immigrants to Democrat-run cities across the nation. This latest move by Abbott comes as the Biden administration continues to struggle with managing the influx of migrants at the border.
According to Governor Abbott, the state will be transporting over 12,500 migrants to Washington D.C., 25,000 to New York City, 20,000 to Chicago, 3,200 to Philadelphia, 7,400 to Denver, and more than 1,000 to Los Angeles. This decision follows similar actions taken by Texas last year, when tens of thousands of migrants were sent to so-called sanctuary cities run by Democrat officials.
The governor’s move has faced criticism from Democratic leaders in these cities, who argue that they are already struggling to handle the large numbers of migrants arriving at their doorsteps. In New York City alone, over 130,000 migrants have arrived since last year, putting a strain on the city’s resources and causing overcrowding in homeless shelters. Similarly, Chicago has seen an influx of over 18,500 migrants, many of whom are from Venezuela, and the city has already spent over $250 million to accommodate them.
Texas will bus migrants to sanctuary cities until Biden secures the border.
Over 12,500 to DC
Over 25,000 to New York City
Over 20,000 to Chicago
Over 3,200 to Philadelphia
Over 7,400 to Denver
Over 1,100 to Los Angeles
Our mission provides vital relief to border towns.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 29, 2023
This latest decision by Abbott is expected to further exacerbate tensions between Republican-led states and Democrat-run cities over how to handle the ongoing crisis at the Southern border. However, Abbott has argued that his actions are necessary to ease the burden on border towns and provide much-needed relief to these communities.
The situation at the Southern border has reached a critical point, with Border Patrol authorities reporting a historic number of illegal immigrants crossing into the country. A recent report from House Republicans cited estimates from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Yale University, which suggest that there are currently between 16.8 million and 29 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., with an additional 3.8 million entering the country since President Biden took office.
Border Patrol chiefs recently warned lawmakers of the “unprecedented scope of this crisis” and revealed that over 1.4 million migrants have been released into the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2023. In September alone, there were nearly 270,000 migrant encounters near the Southern border, with over 160,000 of these occurring in Texas.
I’m calling upon @GregAbbott_TX to send bus loads of illegal migrants to the states of the ten Senators who wrote in opposition of measures to secure our border today.
It’s time to make them feel the challenges Texas and other border states face everyday. pic.twitter.com/tTxJA2WJ7X
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 30, 2023
To address the issue, Texas Republicans have passed SB4, a bill that would allow local police to enforce immigration laws by making it a state misdemeanor to cross the Texas-Mexico border illegally. The bill also gives judges the power to order migrants to be returned to Mexico, and potentially imposes even harsher penalties for those who defy the order and return to Texas.
If signed by Abbott, this bill would further solidify Texas’s position as one of the strongest advocates for border security in the country. The state continues to face pressure from both sides of the immigration debate, but with this latest move, Governor Abbott is showing that he is willing to take bold actions to address the ongoing crisis at the Southern border.