White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attacked Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s intention to deport migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., but Abbott looks to be sticking to his word. When queried about the governor’s proposal at a news conference on Thursday, the press secretary claimed that he lacked the power to carry it out. “Now that the Texas governor has said that he would begin busing border crossers to Washington, D.C., are you going to assist them in finding a place to stay and something to do when they arrive?” Peter Doocy, a Fox News White House correspondent, stated.
“Well, I’m not sure what power the governor would have to do something like that.” This is clearly a PR effort, in my opinion. His own office agrees that a migrant must agree to be moved freely, and that he cannot force them to do so. Because, once again, the federal government, not a state, is responsible for enforcing our country’s immigration laws,” the White House press secretary explained. The reporter persisted, “You don’t believe people want to go to Washington, D.C.?” “Well, listen, I don’t know, but I do know that the governor of Texas, or any state for that matter, does not have the legal jurisdiction to force somebody to board a bus,” the irritated press secretary stated.
According to Fox News, the Texas Division of Emergency Management has already began assigning buses to collect migrants and transport them to Washington, D.C. “TDEM has dispatched buses to areas where communities have expressed concerns about the federal government dropping off migrants in the last 24 hours and has the capability to send as many as is necessary to fulfill the requests from mayors and county judges,” said Seth Christensen, TDEM’s chief of media and communications. “A large majority of the communities that originally reached out for support through this operation, from the [Rio Grande Valley] to Terrell County, have now said that the federal government has stopped dropping migrants in their towns since the governor’s announcement on Wednesday,” he told Fox News.
He said that each bus was unique. Each bus, according to Christensen, “has the capacity and supplies necessary to transport up to 40 migrants.” At a news conference on Wednesday, Abbott addressed concerns that the Biden administration’s intention to abolish Title 42 next month will result in new waves of tens of thousands of illegal migrant crossings in his state. The Republican governor outlined a number of concrete measures his government will take to deal with the impending influx, including busing migrants to the nation’s capital.
“With the Biden administration discontinuing Title 42 expulsions in May, Texas will take unprecedented steps this month to do what no state in America has ever done in the history of the country to better defend our state and our country,” Abbott stated. “To assist local officials whose areas are being overrun by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to transport these illegal immigrants to Washington, D.C.,” the governor said.
“We’re sending them to the White House, where the Biden administration will be able to respond more quickly to the needs of the folks they’re permitting to enter our border,” he added. At the same time, Abbott ordered “increased public safety inspections of cars” crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. The new regulation will “dramatically delay transportation from Mexico into Texas,” Abbott said, but he added that it is important to stop cartels from trafficking people and narcotics into the United States through his state.
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Gov. Greg Abbott’s administration stated Wednesday that the state will transfer illegal immigrants to Washington, DC, by bus and aircraft, citing local leaders’ dissatisfaction with the federal government’s release of migrants into their communities. The proposal, Abbott told reporters, is in reaction to the Biden administration’s recent declaration that it will withdraw a pandemic public health order next month, a move that might result in a major rise in the number of migrants crossing the border. For more than two years, the decree, known as Title 42, has essentially barred most migrants from entering the United States and requesting asylum.
At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, former President Donald Trump issued the order. His administration said the order was issued to assist stop the virus from spreading over the US’s borders with Mexico and Canada, but public health authorities suspected political motives at the time. The order would expire on May 23rd, according to the Biden administration. Civil rights organizations and many Democrats applauded the move, while Republicans and several moderate Democrats slammed it, claiming the administration has a sufficient strategy to deal with the predicted surge of migrants at the border.
The declaration was slammed by some as a political gimmick, pointing out that the governor is up for reelection. On Twitter, the Texas Civil Rights Project remarked, “He’s squandering taxpayer cash on a campaign technique to dehumanize immigrants.” To board a bus or airplane, any migrant transported by Texas “must volunteer to be transported and present verification from DHS,” according to the governor’s office. “What better spot for them to visit than the United States Capitol’s steps?” According to Fox News, Abbott stated. “They not only get to view the beautiful Capitol, but they also get to meet the politicians who are enacting rules that encourage people to cross the border illegally.”
Migrants released from federal custody after crossing the border are often processed and given papers that allows them to stay in the nation temporarily while also requiring them to appear in immigration court to present their case. Many people are looking for refuge. They are frequently released in Texas and other border states before continuing on their trips across the country. According to Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, the state has gathered a pool of up to 900 buses for the operation. In the worst-case scenario, when Title 42 expires, the federal government expects up to 18,000 illegal immigrants to cross the border each day, according to Abbott.