Philadelphia receives second bus of migrants from Texas as border security initiative intensifies
A second bus carrying migrants from Texas arrived in Philadelphia on Monday morning.
The group arrived just before 10 a.m. at the 30th Street bus station and were greeted with supplies, blankets and coats on a cold, windy day, Fox Philadelphia reported.
“We successfully helped asylum seekers in Texas last week, and we’ve continued to do so today,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted. “These people are looking for a brighter, more hopeful life in America. We are proud to welcome them and provide them with the services and support they deserve.”
The arrival was the second in less than a week amid a push by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to expand care for migrants in so-called “sanctuary cities”. On Monday, Texas transported nearly 8,400 migrants to Washington DC, more than 3,800 to New York, more than 1,200 to Chicago and 100 to Philadelphia, Abbott said.
“Texas is doing whatever it takes to help our overwhelmed border communities,” he said Monday.
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The latest transport comes as Abbott steps up Operation Lone Star, its border security initiative. Last week, he called on the Texas Military Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety to use “all available strategies and tools” to respond to the “border crisis created by President Biden,” he said. a spokesperson at Fox News Digital.
“Since March 2021, Operation Lone Star partners have undertaken unprecedented border security efforts, including apprehending human and drug traffickers and others in violation of Texas law, as well as that the seizure of enough deadly fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in America,” Abbott spokesperson Kim Carmichael said. “These actions were necessary because of President Biden’s continued failure to enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.”
“Until the federal government fulfills its obligation to protect Americans, Texas law enforcement and the Texas Military Department will continue to identify ways to protect our communities from illegal border crossings and criminal activity. transnational,” she added.
“Unfortunately, racism and human cruelty have always been intertwined in the way immigrants are received by and in this country, which the previous presidential administration openly and actively encouraged,” Kenney said, upon arrival. first migrant bus in his city.
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In an effort to secure the border, the TMD told Fox News Digital last week that it would deploy 10 M113 armored personnel carriers to the Texas-Mexico border, along with increased aircraft flights and security efforts.
APCs are primarily used to transport infantry troops into combat areas.
“These actions are part of a broader strategy to use all available tools to combat the record level of illegal immigration,” the agency said. “The Texas National Guard is taking unprecedented action to protect our border and to repel and turn back immigrants who attempt to cross the border illegally.”