Republican Governor Ships First Busload of Migrants to Washington, DC

Republican Governor Ships First Busload of Migrants to Washington, DC

The first busload of migrants detained in Texas facilities has arrived in Washington, D.C.

For Texas Gov. , their arrival represents a crucial first step in his plan to counter the ’s border policies.

WATCH:

As Fox News reports:

Abbott announced last week that he was directing the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to transport migrants released from federal custody in Texas to the nation’s capital and other locations outside his state.

The bus pulled up at approximately 8 a.m. local time, blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building. Fox News has learned that they came from the Del Rio sector in Texas, after coming to the U.S. from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Upon the bus’s arrival in Washington, D.C., individuals disembarked one by one except for family units who exited together. They checked in with officials and had wristbands they were wearing cut off before being told they could go.

According to TDEM, Abbott’s plan is already working. The agency told Fox News on Monday that many of the communities that originally reached out for support – from the Rio Grande Valley to Terrell County – say the federal government stopped dropping immigrants in their towns since Abbott’s announcement on April 6.

Abbott and Florida Gov. announced plans to send illegal immigrants to D.C. after the White House revealed its plans to lift the CDC’s pandemic-era border restrictions next month.

Known as Title 42, the emergency order gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection the power to expedite the deportation of illegal immigrants to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Besides prompting Republican criticism, the White House’s plan has forced vulnerable Democrats to work across the aisle to delay the end of Title 42.

At least until after the midterms.

Meanwhile, a leaked planning document from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seemingly confirms that law enforcement agencies can’t adequately handle the expected surge from rescinding the order.

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently told Fox News that “if the Biden administration rescinds this policy, it will result in more than half a million people illegally crossing our border in one month.”

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