Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said this week that his state would send more busloads of migrants northward should the Biden administration go forward with a plan that would require migrants to stay in the state after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The governor called the potential response to such an order one of “swift justice.”
Biden considers forcing migrant families to remain in Texas.
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.https://t.co/732FdGZ8jB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 8, 2023
The governor cited a previous court ruling that deemed such restrictions unconstitutional.
The governor said that should the plan he called a “scam” go forward, “we will add even more buses of migrants to Washington D.C.”
According to the proposed plan, the Biden White House is reportedly considering ordering migrant families to remain in Texas prior to asylum hearings, including tracking them with GPS tracking devices.
Abbott’s comments also come during a court battle over whether or not the state could keep a floating barrier in place along the border. The floating buoys were placed near Eagle Pass, Texas, a major migrant crossing stop.
An initial decision by a U.S. District Judge ordered Texas to remove the barrier. However, Abbott appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court put in place a temporary hold on the order while it hears the state’s case.
The migrants sent north by states such as Texas, Florida and Arizona have received considerable attention. Migrants have been sent to cities that previously declared themselves sanctuary locations, such as New York.
In addition, there has been additional pressure at the border and on states such as Texas following the Biden administration’s announcement earlier this year that it would end the Title 42 asylum policy instituted by former President Donald Trump. A number of conservatives credit the move with a sharp decrease in the number of border crossings.
Cities such as New York and Los Angeles have protested the arrival of the migrants, stating that the cities’ ability to meet their needs is limited.