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Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) revealed Monday that some migrant asylum-seekers being bused from Texas to cities nationwide are getting off the bus in Chattanooga and other locations before they reach their final destinations.
Blackburn told "Fox & Friends" that, in some cases, migrants are "threatening" the bus drivers, demanding that they be allowed to disembark so they can travel to sanctuary cities across America.
"What we have heard is that they are threatening the drivers from time to time, and they're wanting to get to where their friends are," Blackburn told co-host Steve Doocy. "See, they look at this, Steve, as a safe passage, if you will, across the country because they're being given that free bus ride to wherever they want to go. And, of course, the sanctuary city policies that many cities across the country have, these large, big blue cities, not Chattanooga, but they have set up – the cartels have been free to kind of set up shop."
"They have their hubs," she continued. "That's where your gangs are located. That's where the sex-trafficking operations are located."
For months now, officials in Texas and Arizona have been busing foreign asylum-seekers from the southern border to northern cities like Washington, D.C., and New York to call attention to the overwhelming influx of migrants in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has invited the mayors of those cities to visit the border and witness the crisis firsthand, but they have angrily rebuffed his offer and called for the federal government to assist with the hundreds of migrants arriving on a weekly basis.
But not all of the migrants boarding the buses in Texas are arriving up north. Tennessee local news station WTVC-TV reported Friday that Chattanooga is apparently a stopping point for charter buses carrying migrants from Texas to the East Coast. Some of the migrants were reportedly disembarking at a gas station in Rising Fawn, Georgia, intending to trek about 30 miles on foot to Chattanooga. A McDonald's employee in Chattanooga said some migrant children had gotten off the bus and were panhandling, asking for money so they could travel to Florida.
Officials have warned the migrants to remain on their bus until they reach their final destination.
Blackburn said that most of the migrants getting off the bus are young men and blamed President Joe Biden's policies for contributing to rampant illegal immigration and encouraging drug and human traffickers to take advantage of people traveling to the United States.
"Crime has escalated," Blackburn said. "You look at the crime rates in New York and these sanctuary city mayors who are now complaining, they should be talking to Joe Biden."
"This is his policy that has caused this, and they have basically rolled out the welcome mat, said we're going to be a sanctuary city, give benefits, voting rights, privileges of citizenship," she continued.
Since April, more than 6,600 migrant asylum-seekers have been processed by the Department of Homeland Security and bused to Washington, D.C., and New York City.
"We need to end this and allow our southern border to be secured and give these governors the ability to secure these communities across the southern border," Blackburn said.
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