Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced this week that his state would continue sending migrants to other locations across the country. The governor’s promise came after several states, including Texas and Florida, have sent migrants entering into their territory to self-declared ‘sanctuary’ states and cities.
Abbott announced the plan on social media, including sending migrants to self-declared ‘sanctuary’ locations.
According to the governor, Texas “will bus migrants to sanctuary cities until Biden secures the border.” He added that the “mission provides vital relief to border towns.”
Texas will bus migrants to sanctuary cities until Biden secures the border.
Over 12,500 to DC
Over 25,000 to New York City
Over 20,000 to Chicago
Over 3,200 to Philadelphia
Over 7,400 to Denver
Over 1,100 to Los Angeles
Our mission provides vital relief to border towns.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 29, 2023
He listed the number of migrants headed to the cities outside of Texas: 70,000 in total. This includes 10,000 or more each to Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago. Between 1,000 and 10,000 will be sent to Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.
The results of the migrant busing program have highlighted the strains caused by the increase of illegal immigration in recent years.
In particular, illegal immigration has reached a new high since President Joe Biden took office in 2021. This was particularly accelerated after the president announced the end of the Title 42 asylum program begun by former President Donald Trump.
A number of Democratic Party-run cities and states have protested what they describe as economic and budget strains caused by the migrants.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) recently announced across-the-board budget cuts to help cover the cost of more than 100,000 migrants who have entered his city since last year.
New York has set up a number of migrant shelters, including in the city’s hotels. During the summer, photos emerged of dozens of migrants sleeping along the sidewalk in Manhattan.
There have been significant protests against the migrant resettlement, especially in New York and Chicago. The Windy City has housed migrants in police precincts and is facing a similar crisis as the Big Apple.
Chicago has taken in almost 20,000 migrants since 2022.
In addition, Colorado is now paying for one-way plane tickets for migrants to leave their state.