In the month since Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) vowed to bring the border crisis to President Joe Biden’s doorstep, his state has sent 32 buses of migrants to the nation’s capital, and it has no plans of stopping.
A spokesman for the governor’s office told the Washington Examiner on Thursday that the state’s effort to transport migrants to Washington has resulted in 835 people being dropped off since the first bus arrived April 13.
The 32 buses have carried an average of 26 people a bus, though the vehicles have the capacity to carry up to 40. The buses are taxpayer funded and free of charge to migrants. They serve as a means of easing the transportation burden on Texas towns and nonprofit organizations that are overwhelmed as several thousand migrants are released into the country daily.
Abbott, who is seeking a third term in November, announced April 6 that the state would use emergency evacuation procedures to “take the border to President Biden” as the number of noncitizens illegally crossing the border from Mexico rose in March to some of the highest levels ever seen.
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The state hired private charter bus companies and security to ride along on the buses for the nonstop trip.
Although Abbott said the move would show Washington what border towns such as Eagle Pass and McAllen are facing, the operation has not garnered much attention in Washington. Migrants who are dropped off by the buses typically walk to the nearby Union Station and board trains or long-distance buses to continue on to destinations where they have family or friends.
Some Republicans, including former senior Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli, have criticized the busing operation.
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“Busing illegals to D.C. is nice showmanship, but nothing here will change the illegal flow into Texas. Ironically enough, Abbott’s going to slow the legal flow with more burdensome inspections. Looking forward to next week for the 'unprecedented' part of the announcement,” Cuccinelli, senior fellow for the conservative Center for Renewing America, said in a statement.