Texas Continues Bussing Illegal Immigrants to “Sanctuary Cities”
Governor Abbott: “Texas will continue busing migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities like Denver to provide much-needed relief to our small border towns.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on May 18, 2023, “the arrival of the first group of migrants bused to Denver, Colorado from Texas.” This follows Texas bussing illegal immigrants to Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.
Governor Abbott blamed the Biden Administration’s “border policies” for the influx of illegal immigrants burdening Texas communities and the need for bussing to sanctuary cities:
Texas’ overwhelmed and overrun border communities should not have to shoulder the flood of illegal immigration due to President Biden’s reckless open border policies, like his mass catch and release without court dates or any way to track them. Until the President and his Administration step up and fulfill their constitutional duty to secure the border, the State of Texas will continue busing migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities like Denver to provide much-needed relief to our small border towns.
Texas began its program of shipping illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities in April 2022 and has reported bussing over 19,000 people since then.
Chicago, under the direction of then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot, strenuously objected to Texas’s bussing program in a letter dated April 30, 2023. Mayor Lightfoot urged the Abbott “administration to stop the inhumane and dangerous action”:
Today, @chicagosmayor sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott urging his administration to stop the inhumane and dangerous action of bussing migrants to Chicago.
We are aware that Texas is planning to resume bussing individuals and families to cities including Chicago. pic.twitter.com/jvBYygcH9A
— Ryan Johnson (@Ryan_Johnson) April 30, 2023
The nation’s capital, under Mayor Muriel Bowser, declared a public emergency on September 8, 2022, in response to Texas’s bussing of illegal immigrants and established “an Office of Migrant Services to provide support and services to migrants being bused.” Mayor Bowser allocated “an initial $10 million” to the efforts.
The Center for Immigration Studies, “which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted,” maintains a directory of sanctuary cities, counties, and states in the United States. These sanctuary entities refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement or will cooperate in only limited circumstances. While the directory does not list Denver as a sanctuary city, it does like Denver County, which contains the city, as a sanctuary county.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Chicago was the first among Texas’s targets to declare itself a sanctuary city in July 2012, with the addition in April 2021 of Washington, DC.
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“Dangerous and inhumane” What kind of sanctuary city are you running up there?? Oh, that’s right a crime-riddled cesspool. I guess she was right in the most unintended form of irony possible.
Irony, followed by karma and topped off with schadenfreude.
Get a glass of leftist tears to go with it.
Good. Make Democrats live their policies and allow them to enjoy everything they are forcing on everyone else.
The City and County of Denver are one and the same entity.
Just close the boarder Abbott, when Mexico can’t get their goods through, the aliens will stop coming
Not his job, but he’s been trying. The Texas border (NOT boarder – that’s somebody who pays rent and gets meals thrown in – makes you sound ignorant) is about 1200 miles. Even with thousands of DPS, Rangers and NG troops deployed, it still adds up to only one or two units per several miles of border. They can’t be everywhere. You also don’t seem to be able to grasp that Texas has to PAY for all of that – and by law must have a balanced budget, which means that everything else suffers the consequences, unlike the Feds, who just print more money. Besides, most of the illegals are just walking up to the border checkpoints and are being waved through by CBP. Not a helluva lot Abbott can do about that but what he is doing: put them on buses and send them to Dem sanctuary cities (a solution which is bringing those cities to their knees, although you claimed that it was only a token effort and amounted to nothing). You’ve been completely wrong (and dishonestly so) since January 2021. The best thing you could do is shut up and stop lying.
And, by the way, he CAN’T close the border. Those checkpoints are manned by CBP – a Federal agency that doesn’t work for him.
TX can’t close the border on it’s own, not legally anyway. Not even illegally without tens of thousands of TX Citizens pushing for this closure to also volunteer to go to the border and stand watch, put up barricades, assist in apprehension, string wire, pound bin pickets and so on. Then there is question of duration. Are the first 30K expected to stay there as volunteers for the remainder of the Biden admin? Will they get swapped out? With whom and when? This would take at least three times the number needed on the border to pull it off.
Not to mention the basic support those tens of thousands of TX Citizens would need; food, water, shelter in the TX summer heat. Who pays for all this? How do these volunteers make their mortgage payments and keep their families fed and safe when they are at the border? Somehow it’s always supposed to be someone else who does all this, not the folks most vocal about it.
That said, in fairness TX could exert pressure on Mexico by conducting State level inspections of vehicles, especially commercial trucks, once these vehicles clear the area controlled by the Feds. It would be a real pain for Mexico. It would also be a huge undertaking and a real pain in the ass for border towns and cities. In El Paso traffic would be jacked on the I 10 and it’s feeders along the border. Ambulances would have some real difficulty in reaching some areas for transport to local Hospitals if TX did this. It could be done but TX would pay cost as well.
Let me point out that all of those NG troops also have families and jobs that they’re unable to do, which drastically impacts the economies of Texas cities and towns everywhere. And of course, we’re not even mentioning the impact on communities throughout the state who have to deal with housing, feeding, and otherwise dealing with these tens of thousands of illegals, in addition to your points about transportation in and around the border areas. In years gone by, it was one of my pleasures as host to take relatives down into S. Texas, especially the Big Bend, just to show them around. Any more, I’m reluctant to even take them into downtown San Antonio.
True for the NG. Also true for the volunteers I was proposing; the average Citizens of TX who seem to be the loudest voices in calling for Gov Abbott to ‘shut down the border’.
Martha’s Vineyard or Diversity (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry), Equity, Inclusion (DEIversity).
Don’t just continue, increase the throughput. The goal should be to send them to the Communist cities as fast as they come across the border. Let them step across the border onto a bus and then go infect some communist City with their crime
Fine, if you want to kick in for the cost of buses, food, accommodations, etc. Texans are pretty much tapped out.
Texans’ only choice is between being tapped out from transporting them once, or being tapped out from supporting them for years. Choose wisely.
NYC should be the preferred destination since the law there states that illegal aliens must be put into shelters. This includes hotel rooms afaik. Fill up all the hotel rooms with illegal aliens so tourism revenue goes to near zero. Maybe New Yorkers will figure out that Democrats are evil then.
“”New Yorkers will figure out that Democrats are evil then.””
When Hell freezes over. They’re liberals by nature and ignorance. Don’t expect them to change. They’ll always find a way to blame us.
Bussing is not enough. Harrass at every opportunity. No shelter, no food, no help what so ever.
I sympathize with your frustration, but we’re Americans. We don’t do that, no matter how much it hurts.
Keep up the good work!
Here is another idea for TX: pay one year tuition for a few of the immigrant kids at private school in the sanctuary city where wokists send their own kids. Let their kids provide some sanctuary too.
Governor Abbott is a genius! How entertaining it is to watch liberal Sanctuary Cities squirm from just a fraction of the illegals flooding Texas towns.
Send all of the illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, NYC and Chicago until they cry Biden.
the media, due to their deliberate underreporting of the situation, have managed to convince a huge sector of americans that this is some “easy” fix–close the border–that’s a pipe dream without federal initiative / support–fjb does not intend to do anything to stem the flood(and that’s what it is)–our border here is over a thousand miles long–huge–and to effectively close it is not possible given our state resources–all these critics of abbott “he cold do it if he wanted to, legally or otherwise” simply don’t understand the scope of the influx–thousands of people a day(and those are only the ones we bothered to count)–believe it is correctly described as an “invasion” not only of texas but of our country–abbott is doing what he can do until either fjb is thrown out, or the feds take action to support and defend our border / the citizens who live there–the situation cannot continue as it will reach a point where local citizens (abandoned by the feds) come to realize they cannot (due to a shortage of manpower / resources) rely on the law or the authorities to protect their loved ones / their property–simply an unbelievable situation in the 21st century in the united states of america–lord
I am sure it is cheaper for Texas to continue bussing Illegal Immigrants to “Sanctuary Cities” than keep them in Texas.
Poetic justice is great when it exposes the hypocrisy of ideas like “Sanctuary Cities”.
Sanctuary jurisdictions should pay for the buses.
Bussing illegal immigrants? How romantic!
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