Abbott Says Texas Will Send Migrant Charter Buses To Washington

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that his state is taking “unprecedented actions” to deal with an expected wave of migrants at the US-Mexico border, including sending charter buses of migrants to Washington, D.C.

Other actions announced include “enhanced safety inspections of vehicles” passing through Texas entry points, boat blocks in the Rio Grande River, barbed wire being deployed at “lower water crossings and high-traffic areas” and the National Guard beginning “mass migration rehearsals.”

Abbott, a Republican, also instructed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to begin coordinating charter buses to bring migrants to DC

“The Biden administration will be able to respond more directly to the needs of the people they let cross our border,” Abbott said at a news conference, flanked by the Texas Department of Public Safety and other officials.

Abbott later said the buses’ first destination will be “the steps of the United States Capitol.”

The movements come in response to the end of May end of title 42a pandemicera order issued under the Trump administration that will allow U.S. immigration authorities to swiftly expel migrants and asylum seekers.

“The federal government plans to cross up to 18,000 illegal immigrants a day,” Abbott said. “We may have more people illegally crossing our border by the end of this year than living in Los Angeles.”

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted his support for Abbott’s plans, calling them “excellent ideas” and suggesting additional sites to which migrant charter buses should be sent, including places in states like Massachusetts, California and New York.

Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and Democratic presidential nominee now running for governor in this year’s race against Abbott, accused the Republican incumbent of favoring “stunts over solutions.”

Abbott said during Wednesday’s press conference that other actions by his state “will be announced next week.”

Citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. immigration officials have carried out more than 1.7 million evictions of migrants under Title 42 in the past two years — 70% of them under President Biden, who enforced the policy despite reversing others. Trump’s border initiatives.

After two defeats in federal court in March and mounting pressure from top Democrats in Congress, the Biden administration announced on April 1 that it would phase out Title 42 by the end of May.

On Wednesday, when Norah O’Donnell, executive editor and editor-in-chief of CBS Evening News, asked him if the end of Title 42 would trigger a wave of migration. Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said: “It is very difficult to predict what the migration will be, but we are planning different scenarios.”

“What sets us apart from the past is the fact that we will not pursue cruel policies that ignore our asylum laws,” he added. “We are rebuilding a system that has been completely decommissioned.”

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