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Top Biden immigration official bends over backward to blame GOP governors for migrant crisis

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The chief of Customs and Border Protection claimed in a recent interview that Republican governors are incentivizing even more migrants to come to the United States.

For months, Republican governors, especially Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, have been busing migrants from the front lines of the border crisis to sanctuary cities like New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. — municipalities that boast about having compassion for immigrants.

What was claimed?

CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus, a fierce critic of Donald Trump's policies, claimed that busing migrants from red states to liberal cities is a "pull factor" that encourages more migrants to come to America.

"It’s safe to say what’s going on is a pull factor, which is somewhat ironic given the criticism from some of these same governors involved in this about various pull factors that they claim already exist," he told the Los Angeles Times.

Magnus claimed that migrants are enticed to travel to the U.S. when they hear on social media "that there are buses that will take them to locations where they are told they will receive benefits and jobs."

He also alleged that human traffickers tell migrants about the busing operations "to further manipulate and mislead migrants."

But what do Republicans say?

Republicans, on the other hand, claim the Biden administration's lax immigration policies are enticing migrants to come to the U.S. knowing there is a good chance that, even if they are detained by immigration authorities, they will not be deported.

Renae Eze, the press secretary for Gov. Abbott, made that exact claim in response to Magnus.

"Instead of their hypocritical complaints about Texas providing much-needed relief to our overrun and overwhelmed border communities, the Biden administration needs to step up and do their jobs to secure the border — something they continue failing to do," Eze said.

Under Biden, the border has been anything but secure.

In fiscal year 2022, a record number of migrants entered the U.S. — more than 2 million. That includes a record number of unaccompanied migrants and, unfortunately, a record number of migrant deaths.

Ultimately, because immigration is the responsibility of the federal government, the Biden administration is responsible for enforcing existing immigration laws and stopping the border crisis.

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