In an April 13 statement, Abbott's office confirmed the arrival of the first D.C.-bound bus to its destination. The passengers were dropped off between Union Station and the Capitol, with a second bus on the way. "The busing strategy is part of Abbott's response to the Biden administration's decision to end Title 42 expulsions," said the April 13 statement.
Abbott said in the statement: "As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the state of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe. By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border." He added that "Texans should not have to bear the burden of the Biden administration's failure to secure our border."
The bus's passengers consisted of migrants – who were mostly men – from Latin American countries like Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Footage from Fox News showed the immigrants getting off the bus at about 8 a.m. Two men wearing black collared shirts and khakis, believed to be Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, greeted the immigrants who had manila folders.
The ICE officers issued cell phones to the migrants and looked up information from wristbands they were wearing. After processing their information, the two officers exchanged hugs and handshakes with them. (Related: Jen Psaki confirms that ILLEGALS are given FREE SMARTPHONES for tracking purposes.)
Venezuelan Luis Alberto, one of the passengers on the bus, told NTD TV that the migrant group crossed the border into the Lone Star State on April 12 after being robbed by cartels and Mexican police officers.
"When we got to Texas, we had nothing because they had taken everything. We heard there was help, a bus to Washington and there would be someone to facilitate travel. In Texas, there is no help," he said.
The Texas governor first announced his plan to bus migrants to the federal capital during an April 6 press conference. He pointed to the Biden administration's open border policies as responsiFble for allowing "dangerous cartels and deadly drugs to pour into the United States." Abbott also warned that ending Title 42 expulsions – which apply to individuals from certain countries that could possibly bring in infectious diseases – would make the problem worse.
A statement issued soon after the press conference said: "Governor Abbott has directed [the] Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to charter buses and flights to transport migrants who have been processed and released from federal custody to Washington, D.C.." In order to avail of the free transportation, migrants must volunteer to be transported and present documentation from the Department of Homeland Security (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."
Abbott also expounded on the problem in his order to TDEM Chief W. Nim Kidd.
"[Ending] Title 42 expulsions could soon result in as many as 18,000 migrant apprehensions per day. DHS has no real plan for addressing this unprecedented surge of illegal aliens, but [it] may resort to releasing groups of them in Texas communities whose resources are already overwhelmed. Texans cannot continue to shoulder the burdens imposed by open-border advocates in other parts of the country," he wrote.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki commented on the bus's April 13 arrival. She told reporters that all the migrant passengers "have been processed by Customs and Border Protection and are free to travel." Psaki added: "It's nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings."
The press secretary previously dubbed Abbott's plan to bus migrants a "publicity stunt" – until the governor made good on his promise.
Visit OpenBorders.news for more stories about Texas addressing the illegal immigrant problem.
Watch the Fox News report about the arrival of illegal aliens from Texas to Washington, D.C. below.
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