Arizona has begun busing illegal migrants entering its state to Washington, D.C., following the practice started last month by Texas in response to the Biden administration’s border crisis.
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced the action, stating that the first bus of 20 people arrived on Wednesday.
Arizona has started its own busing campaign to deliver newly arrived illegal immigrants straight to Washington, following in the footsteps of Texas, which pioneered the policy last month. https://t.co/3vTC9pd1QR
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 13, 2022
“The governor said he turned to busing because Arizona’s communities are overwhelmed by the number of illegal immigrants being caught and released, and they aren’t getting much help from the feds,” the Washington Times reported.
“Migrants who are being shipped to Washington volunteered for the trip, meaning it’s likely they were already headed to the East Coast anyway. Mr. Ducey’s office said they will be fed and will have access to “support” services while on the road,” the report added.
The first group of migrants bused from the state came from Yuma, an area where many of the illegal migrants have entered Arizona.
Arizona busing migrants from Yuma to Washington, D.C.
Following the lead of Texas, Arizona is busing migrants from the border to Washington, D.C.https://t.co/yChBd9lKfr
— Victor Calderón (@ByVicCalderon) May 12, 2022
The new move may be bold, but it’s an important way for the state to send a message about the growing border problem.