Texas has bused more than 35,000 migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, including more than 13,000 to New York City, in response to the Biden administration’s failure to secure the southern border, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott revealed Tuesday.
Abbott launched the migrant busing program in April 2022 in an effort to force Democratic states to share the burden Texas has faced as a result of record numbers of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mexico border. to the United States since President Biden took office. .
“Texas has bussed more than 35,000 immigrants to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities.” Abbott tweeted Tuesday, including a breakdown of which cities have received the most migrants.
“More than 11,300 to DC, more than 13,300 to New York, more than 6,700 to Chicago, more than 2,600 to Philadelphia, more than 1,000 to Denver, more than 480 to Los Angeles,” the governor said.
The totals released by Abbott on Tuesday represent an increase of more than 12,000 since the state last updated the number of migrants who have been bused out of state under Operation Lone Star, a statewide border security effort and burden sharing launched by the governor in 2021.
Abbott launched the migrant busing program in April 2022 in an effort to force Democratic states to share the burden Texas has faced as a result of record numbers of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers crossing the border.ADAM DAVIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
In June, Abbott reported that the more than 500 buses Texas sent to sanctuary cities brought 22,650 immigrants out of the Lone Star State.
“Our bus transportation mission provides critical relief to overwhelmed Texas border cities,” Abbott argued in his Tuesday tweet, which came a day after the 12th migrant bus since June arrived in Los Angeles from Texas.
The influx of migrants into Democratic states, many of them far from the southern border, has created conflict between Democratic state and local officials and the Biden administration.
A bus carrying immigrants from Texas to New York arrives at the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan on August 25. Getty Images
Migrants wave as their bus leaves Union Station for a refugee center in Chicago on August 31. PA
In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser asked Biden, a fellow Democrat, to mobilize the National Guard in August last year to provide aid and shelter to migrants arriving from Texas, a request that was rejected by the Biden administration. .
New York City’s growing migrant population, set to double by June 2024, has overwhelmed the city’s resources, including schools and shelters, and Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has called on the 80-year-old president to act on the crisis. more than three dozen people. times.
Last month, New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul demanded that Biden address the issue in his first public appeal to the White House since the crisis began in the spring of 2022.
A bus picks up migrants after they cross the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, on July 13. ADAM DAVIS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
A Texas guard holds a group of migrants after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States from Mexico on July 31. Adam Davis/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
More than 11,300 immigrants have been transferred by bus to Washington DC and some have been dropped off in front of the home of Vice President Kamala Harris.Getty Images
“This crisis originated in the federal government and must be resolved through the federal government,” Hochul said in remarks made on August 24, revealing that his demands were sent to the president in a letter.
He stopped short of urging the White House to declare a state of emergency, something Adams has repeatedly called for since last year.