It was recently reported that a bus from Texas arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning, transporting dozens of illegal immigrants as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to counter federal immigration policies during an ongoing border crisis.
Abbott announced last week that he was directing the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to transport migrants released from federal custody in Texas to the nation’s capital and other locations outside his state.
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The bus pulled up at approximately 8 a.m. local time, blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building. Fox News has learned that they came from the Del Rio sector in Texas, after coming to the U.S. from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
Upon the bus’s arrival in Washington, D.C., individuals disembarked one by one except for family units who exited together. They checked in with officials and had wristbands they were wearing cut off before being told they could go.
The New York Post went on to report that the migrants exited the bus one by one, except for family units that left together, according to Fox News, whose cameras captured the arrival live. Officials cut off wristbands before the migrants were released.
“To help local officials — because communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden Administration — Texas is providing charter buses for these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off to Washington, DC,” Abbott said in announcing the move last week.
“We are sending them to the United States capital, where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border,” the Republican governor added.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is leading the effort to transport the migrants from federal custody to DC. Each bus will have the capacity and supplies to transport up to 40 migrants.
The charter buses were dispatched last week to border communities in the Rio Grande Valley and Terrell County and picked up migrants who volunteered to be transported.
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Usually when migrants are released from federal custody after crossing the border — having avoided expulsion — they are given paperwork allowing them to remain in the US. They are also issued an order to appear in immigration court to make their case for asylum.
The Biden administration slammed Abbott’s move on Thursday, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki calling it a “publicity stunt.”
“His own office admits that a migrant would need to voluntarily be transported, and then he can’t compel them to because, again, enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government and not a state,” she said.
Abbott admitted last week that the measure will not “dramatically slow traffic from Mexico,” but said it will “immediately help ensure that Texans are not in danger.”