In reaction to the Biden administration’s inability to control the southern border, Texas has transported more than 35,000 migrants to so-called sanctuary towns, including more than 13,000 to New York City, according to Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday.
In an effort to make blue states shoulder some of the burden Texas has experienced as an outcome of record numbers of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers entering the country illegally from Mexico since President Biden took office, Abbott introduced the migrant busing scheme in April 2022.
According to a breakdown of which communities have taken in the most migrants, Abbott tweeted on Tuesday that Texas has bused over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities.
The governor mentioned that over 11,300 people travel to DC, around 13,300 to NYC, above 6,700 to Chicago, around 2,600 to Philadelphia, more than 1,000 to Denver, and over 480 to LA.
The sums revealed by Abbott on Tuesday show a rise of over 12,000 since the state’s most recent update on the number of migrants bused out of state as part of Operation Lone Star, the governor’s initiative for border security and burden sharing that was initiated in 2021.
Democratic Leaders Challenge Biden Administration Over Migrant Influx into Blue States
Conflict has arisen involving Democratic state and municipal leaders and the Biden administration as a result of the influx of migrants into blue states, many of which are located far from the southern border.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, asked fellow Democrat Joe Biden to call up the National Guard in August of last year to help and shelter migrants arriving from Texas, but the Biden administration turned down the request.
By June 2024, New York public’s number of migrants will have doubled, overwhelming public services like schools and shelters. Democratic Mayor Eric Adams has urged the 80-year-old president to address the situation more than 30 times.
Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul of New York urged that Biden address the matter this month in her first statement to the White House since the situation started in the spring of 2022.
Hochul stated, revealing that her requests were communicated to the president in a letter, “This crisis originated with the federal government, and it must be resolved through the federal government.”
She refrained from requesting that the White House issue an emergency declaration, as Adams has regularly demanded since last year.
Source: New York Post