Abbott: Texas to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities Until Biden Acts on Border
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas declared the state will persist in transporting migrants to sanctuary cities until the Biden administration strengthens border security measures.
Despite opposition from Democratic leaders, Abbott maintains that the transportation program alleviates the pressure on Texas border towns, which are struggling with the influx of migrants from Mexico.
Abbott announced, “Until Biden secures the border, Texas will continue transporting migrants to sanctuary cities. This initiative significantly eases the burden on our border communities.”
Texas has already transported over 12,500 migrants to Washington D.C., 25,000 to New York City, 20,000 to Chicago, 3,200 to Philadelphia, 7,400 to Denver, and just over 1,000 to Los Angeles.
Officials in these Democrat-run cities have strongly criticized Abbott’s policy of sending buses of migrants with little prior notice.
Abbott contends that sanctuary cities can claim to welcome illegal immigrants without facing the reality of the situation, unlike the border towns.
New York City, in particular, has felt the strain, with residents expressing frustration with their city leaders. In a notable incident, a 94-year-old Army veteran was evicted from his nursing home, which is now accommodating migrants free of charge.
Frank Tammaro told Fox News about his eviction, “It’s no joke getting thrown out of a house.” He expressed his dissatisfaction with the city’s support, “I’ve never received anything from the city or state, despite paying taxes and now being evicted.”
New York City is expanding support for asylum seekers, even as it grapples with budget constraints due to the ongoing migrant crisis.
Meanwhile, Texas has implemented its own border security strategies, including a new law heightening penalties for human smuggling and illegal stash houses, as well as increased border enforcement and physical barriers.