Texas Governor said he will start busing illegal immigrants to the U.S. Capitol steps today from the Texas border.

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Texas Governor to start bussing illegal immigrants to the Capitol today.Giorgio Trovato/Unsplash

"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."

Texas Governor Abbott stated in a press conference yesterday that Texas has upward of 900 buses at its disposal to send immigrants to Washington D.C., calling the impending influx of migrants "unprecedented and dangerous."

"Busing already helps redistribute migrants within Texas, So I said, I got a better idea, as opposed to busing these people to San Antonio, let's continue the ride all the way to Washington, D.C." -Governor Gregg Abbott, Texas

Texas joined Louisiana and Missouri in a lawsuit Monday against the Biden administration to attempt to keep Title 42 intact.

The Biden administration plans to end Title 42, which would cause an influx of an estimated 18,000 immigrants a day at the border.

Governor Abbott is frustrated with the Biden administration for announcing they will repeal Title 42, which assisted border patrol agents in handling the overwhelming problems at the border.

The Governor claims the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release the barrage of immigrants into his state thousands at a time.

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The press conference was held in Weslaco, Texas, yesterday. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, Adjutant General of Texas Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd joined him.

"The Biden Administration's open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous cartels and deadly drugs to pour into the United States, and this crisis will only be made worse by ending Title 42 expulsions."
"With the end of Title 42 expulsions looming next month, Texas will immediately begin taking unprecedented action to do what no state has done in American history to secure our border. The new strategies announced today and next week will further strengthen our already robust response to the Biden border disaster, and we will use any and all lawful powers to curtail the flow of drugs, human traffickers, illegal immigrants, weapons, and other contraband into Texas." -Governor Gregg Abbott, Texas

The Office of Texas Governor Gregg Abbott's website posted this statement after the press conference:

Because DHS has no plan for addressing the anticipated surge of illegal immigrants when Title 42 expulsions end, and because DHS is expected to release large groups of migrants into Texas communities, Governor Abbott has directed TDEM to charter buses and flights to transport migrants who have been processed and released from federal custody to Washington, D.C. To board a bus or flight, a migrant must volunteer to be transported and show documentation from DHS. Mayors and county judges can notify TDEM of any DHS-facilitated drop-off of migrants in their communities so that the agency can provide appropriate transportation.
Governor Abbott has also directed DPS to conduct enhanced safety inspections of vehicles as they cross international ports of entry into Texas. This directive, which is effective immediately, anticipates a significant rise in cartel-facilitated smuggling via unsafe vehicles upon the end of Title 42 expulsions.
Governor Abbott announced additional strategies being deployed immediately to secure the border. DPS and the Texas Military Department (TMD) are preparing additional boat blockades, deploying razor-wire at low-water crossings and high-traffic areas, and installing container blockades to stem the flow of illegal crossings. Additionally, TMD will begin the first phase of mass-migration rehearsals this week, and all DPS troopers and specially trained Texas National Guard soldiers will be given riot gear in case of violence among caravans and migrants.

The State of Texas will continue to evaluate the threat posed by the end of Title 42 expulsions and announce additional action in the coming weeks to respond to the expected surge in illegal immigration.

Governor Abbott's announcement caused an uproar and upset many people, including Immigrants Rights Groups and Kate Huddleston, Staff Attorney at ACLU of Texas.

"Any forcible busing of migrants across the country would be outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional." -Kate Huddleston

After backlash from Immigrants Rights Groups, Democrats, and some Republicans who were alarmed at the thought of forcing immigrants to the Capitol, Governor Abbott adjusted his plan slightly.

The Governor stated he would give immigrants a choice to go to Washington D.C., where he said,

"The Biden administration would be able to "More immediately address their needs."

He also stated he would charter flights for immigrants to the Capitol.

When asked where in Washington, D.C., he would send immigrants, Governor Abbott stated,

"Straight to the Capitols Front Steps."

Click here to learn more about the lawsuit Missouri filed Monday regarding Title 42.

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