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Governor Abbott says Texas will bus migrants to Washington, DC


Texas Emergency Management Division Chief Nim Kidd said the state will have more than 900 buses for the operation.

TEXAS, United States — Governor Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Texas will provide Constitution buses to border communities so migrants can be sent to Washington, DC, where the Biden administration can better care for them.

“To help local authorities whose communities are overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the Biden administration to Washington D.C. “, Abbott mentioned. “We are sending them to the United States Capitol where the Biden administration can more immediately respond to the needs of the people it allows to cross our border.”

Abbott mentioned that the main bus drop-off location will be on the steps of the United States Capitol.

Texas Emergency Management Division Chief Nim Kidd said the state will have more than 900 buses for the operation.

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia is among those who disagree with Abbott’s determination.

“Well, that’s just ridiculous,” Garcia said. “This is just another in his series of political stunts, he’s just more worried about globalizing his base than taking care of the people in Texas.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also spoke about the announcement.

“The mockery of the seriousness of people fleeing a crisis is shameful,” Lee said.

Abbott’s announcement follows the administration’s decision last month to reinstate a pandemic-era emergency health order called Title 42 that allowed immigration authorities to return migrants to the border, even those seeking asylum. The order, which was in place throughout former President Donald Trump’s administration, has allowed immigration authorities to manage the typically overwhelming variety of migrants trying to enter the country.

Without it, federal agents say, they expect to attract thousands more migrants daily to the southwestern border, along with the already massive number of people trying to enter from Latin America and other places. worldwide.

Amid a re-election push, Abbott, a Republican, has made border security a top priority. Last March, he announced he was sending National Guard troops and Department of Public Safety soldiers to the border to curb illegal immigration into the state in an effort dubbed Operation Lone Star. .

Editor’s Note: This story was first revealed by The Texas Grandstand. Anayeli Ruiz of KHOU 11 contributed to this report.

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