Fed up with illegal immigration in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday that he was going to have charter buses ship illegal aliens to Washington D.C. and drop them off at the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Abbott made the comments at a media briefing announcing the steps his administration would take to respond to the Biden administration rescinding Title 42 and the expected massive wave of illegal immigrants.
"To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal aliens who have been dropped off by the Biden administration to Washington, D.C.," said Abbott.
"We are sending them to the United States Capitol where the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they’re allowing to come across our border," he added.
Abbott said he was ordering the Texas Division of Emergency Management to operate the project.
State officials said they were ready to activate up to 900 charter buses, according to Fox News reporter Bill Melugin.
Title 42 was a controversial policy put in place under the Trump administration in response to the threat of coronavirus infections among the illegal immigrant community. Experts worry that without the policy, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and refugee applicants would flood over the U.S.-Mexico border.
Illegal immigration advocates immediately excoriated Abbott over his announcement.
"This is a sick and reprehensible stunt that will increase militarization and violence against people seeking asylum!" tweeted the official account for United We Dream. "We have the resources to welcome refugees + treat people with dignity, but Abbott is choosing to meet people with violence and his twisted attempt at humiliation."
Among those critical of the Biden administration over the rescission of Title 42 was Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
"Title 42 has been an essential tool in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border. We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the Administration ends the Title 42 policy," said Manchin.
"We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx," he added.
Here's Abbott's statement:
Abbott: Texas will charter buses of illegal immigrants to DC | FOX 7 Austin www.youtube.com
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