Republican Governor Greg Abbott has issued a response to reports of Democrat President Joe Biden’s plans to detain migrants in Texas. Abbott has vowed to increase the number of buses transporting undocumented individuals to “sanctuary cities,” including Washington D.C.
The move comes in reaction to emerging reports that the Biden administration intends to keep illegal immigrants within Texas borders after their entry through the Southern Border. This decision is said to be in response to mounting pressure from Democratic leaders in blue cities across the nation.
As previously reported, Democratic Mayor Eric Adams expressed frustration with the lack of White House support and warned that the migrant situation could have severe consequences for New York City.
Governor Abbott has conveyed a clear message to President Biden, emphasizing that he will not allow the border crisis to be solely a Texas problem.
“Biden considers forcing migrant families to remain in Texas,” Abbott said on Twitter/X.
“This scam was tried years ago & was shot down by a judge.
“We will send Biden the same swift justice.”
“And, we will add even more buses of migrants to Washington D.C.,” he said.
Governor Abbott’s response comes in the wake of a Los Angeles Times report detailing a potential Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy aimed at compelling certain undocumented immigrants to stay within the state of Texas. The strategy involves the use of GPS monitoring devices, including ankle bracelets, to track their movements and prevent them from leaving the state.
According to the Times, these immigrants would undergo an asylum process to determine their eligibility to remain in the United States. If they do not qualify, their proximity to the border would make deportation more efficient. This approach is reminiscent of a plan from the Reagan era, which required migrants to stay near the border while their applications were being considered.
However, such a program would place additional strain on the Republican-led state and is likely to face considerable opposition from Texas lawmakers. It would represent an expansion of the Family Expedited Removal Program, which enforces curfews and monitors family units in larger cities.
In response to the report, a spokesperson for the DHS stated that the administration remains committed to expanding safe and orderly pathways for migrants to lawfully enter the United States while holding those who do not use these pathways accountable for their actions.
“Since May 2023, DHS has removed or returned over 200,000 individuals, including over 17,000 individual family unit members,” the agency said.
“DHS continuously holds policy and operational discussions on how to leverage our authorities to ensure a fair, humane, and effective immigration process that efficiently removes those without a lawful basis to stay in the country.”
This policy also comes in response to growing concerns expressed by Democratic officials in various regions, including Massachusetts, Chicago, and New York City, regarding the influx of migrants into their jurisdictions. Some of these migrants have been transported by Governor Abbott’s buses since last year.
Governor Abbott revealed on Tuesday that the Texas state government has arranged for the transportation of over 35,000 migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities. Among these, more than 13,300 individuals have been transported to New York City since August 2022.
New York City Mayor Adams has been particularly outspoken on this issue. He is urging the Biden administration to take more decisive action. Mayor Adams, who has strongly criticized Governor Abbott’s practice of busing migrants into his city, cautioned on Wednesday that the crisis poses a serious threat to “destroy New York City.” The metropolis has received more than 100,000 migrants into its shelter system since last year.
“Let me tell you something, New Yorkers,” Adams said in a statement to his city’s residents.
“Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to.
“I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said Wednesday during a Town Hall meeting on the Upper West Side.
“I don’t see an ending to this.
“This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City.
“We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month.
“We had a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut.
“Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us,” Adams said.
“It’s going to come to your neighborhoods.
“All of us are going to be impacted by this.
“I said it last year when we had 15,000,” he noted.
“I’m telling you now with 110,000.
“The city we knew, we’re about to lose.
“And we’re all in this together.”
Republicans, including Governor Abbott, have held the administration responsible for the persistent crisis.
In contrast, Democrats and the administration have advocated for policies that would permit undocumented individuals to enter the United States without significant checks.
Simultaneously, Democrats are urging increased funding and the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
However, Republicans have opposed this legislation, citing concerns over its provision for granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants already residing in the U.S.
Critics argue that this initiative aims to increase the number of foreign nationals in the country, potentially leading to an increase in Democratic voters.