July 6, 2022

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Gov. Abbott considering new destination for Texas migrant buses

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Gov. Greg Abbott has sent at least seven buses filled with undocumented migrants to Washington, D.C. in April in protest of the Biden administration ending Title 42 expulsions. However, the Republican leader indicated he has a different destination in mind for forthcoming buses.

Asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity if he plans to “send every illegal immigrant that he finds in the state of Texas to Washington, D.C.,” Abbott responded “We’re going to load them up and send them to Washington, D.C. If we run out of room there, Delaware looks like a great location.”

Delaware is President Joe Biden’s home state, which he represented for more than 35 years in the U.S. Senate. Abbott’s comments echo statements made by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this month vowing to fly out migrants arriving in his state to Delaware. 

“If Biden is dumping people, which he has dumped people, they fly them in at two in the morning,” DeSantis said during an April 6 news conference, per Fox News. “They haven’t done it lately, but they did it many months ago. We now have money where we can reroute them to sanctuary states like Delaware — and we’re gonna do that — to make sure we’re keeping people safe here.”

Abbott’s bus initiative was previously dismissed by the White House as a “publicity stunt.” Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said “it’s nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings.”

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After being praised by Hannity for his bus initiative, Abbott said he keeps “coming up with new ideas to do the federal government’s job.” The Texas leader claims the Biden administration was dropping off migrants in small towns along the border, leaving local communities “overrun.”

However, Abbott claims that as a result of his bus plan, border patrol agents will no longer be dropping people off in communities from where they have been busing migrants. 

“It’s an atrocity that we have a president of the United States that is not securing the border,” Abbott. “What the president is doing is outrageous, and as a result, Texas is taking unprecedented action.” Abbott proudly shared a clip of the interview on his personal Twitter feed Tuesday, writing 

In the same interview, Abbott also threatened to reinstate his intensified inspections of commercial trucks entering from Mexico into Texas if President Lopez Obrador—who has called Abbott’s inspection policy “despicable”—doesn’t do more to address illegal immigration into Texas. Abbott’s policy was also met with criticism from truckers organizations and resulted in millions lost in produce for the Lone Star State.  

“I have the capability at any time to turn those inspections back on that will backlog those trucks that are trying to come across the border that will cause havoc in Mexico,” Abbott told Hannity. “Those local governors as well as Obrador, they will be the ones paying the political price for it.” 

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