Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to send "even more buses" to Democrat-run cities if the Biden administration pushes to keep illegal immigrants in the Lone Star State, Fox News reported. This comes at a time when so-called sanctuary cities like New York are in a panic as the number of migrants continues to rise.
"Biden considers forcing migrant families to remain in Texas. This scam was tried years ago & was shot down by a judge," the Republican governor said Thursday on X, formerly Twitter.
"We will send Biden the same swift justice," Abbott continued. "And, we will add even more buses of migrants to Washington D.C."
He made this promise in a post where he shared a Los Angeles Times article that outlined a new program the Department of Homeland Security is considering. The plan is an addition to the Family Expedited Removal Program that already monitors the family units that cross the border and into large cities.
The new addition would mandate that border-crossing families stay in Texas while their asylum requests are processed but be tracked with ankle bracelets and other GPS-monitoring devices. The rationale is that they're already near the border if they need to be deported.
The Times pointed out that it mirrors a plan instituted during President Ronald Reagan's administration and pacifies Republicans who previously decried allowing illegal immigrants into the interior of the U.S. However, the plan also means Texas once again takes the brunt of caring for thousands of illegal immigrants in the state instead of sharing the burden.
The DHS defended the program after the report was released. "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 move curiously comes at a time when blue cities are buckling under this crisis.
Abbott said his state has bused at least 35,000 migrants to Democratic areas that have declared themselves sanctuary cities. Of those, 13,300 went to New York City, where the mayor has claimed it will "destroy" his city to deal with so many newcomers.
"Let me tell you something, New Yorkers. Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to," New York City Mayor Eric Adams said during a meeting Wednesday.
"I don't see an ending to this. I don't see an ending to this. This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City," Adams repeated.
"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 warned.
"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. I'm telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we're about to lose. And we're all in this together," the mayor said.
Illegal immigration has been a serious problem for decades in border states. Now that Democratic cities are forced to take the brunt, the leaders there are scrambling to make sure the problem they created stays out of their own backyard. It's their worst nightmare.