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Texas' governor promises more migrant buses if Biden follows through with attempt to box them in Texas

 September 9, 2023

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared on Thursday that he's prepared to dispatch an increased number of buses filled with migrants to various cities, Washington, D.C. included, if President Joe Biden's administration implements a proposal to retain migrants in Texas.

These remarks come as cities like New York are increasingly concerned about rising migrant numbers, as Fox News reported.

Abbott said on X (formerly Twitter), "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."

Policy Insights and Background

Abbott's statement followed a recent article in the Los Angeles Times that discussed a potential policy move from Department of Homeland Security. The policy would aim to have certain illegal immigrant families remain in Texas, where they would be monitored using GPS devices such as ankle bracelets.

According to the Times, these families would undergo an asylum evaluation process. Depending on the results, their proximity to the border would facilitate their deportation.

The story pointed out similarities to a Reagan-era policy that also required migrants to stay near the border while their applications were under review.

However, implementing this could pose major challenges to Texas, a predominantly Republican state. While conservatives might argue in favor of closely monitoring migrants for effective deportation, other state lawmakers might object.

This new initiative seems to enlarge the Family Expedited Removal Program, a system that monitors migrant families in major cities.

Responding to these insights, the Department of Homeland Security stated its commitment to expanding safe and orderly pathways for migrants to enter the United States lawfully.

Officials there emphasized the measures taken against those who bypass these lawful pathways, citing that over 200,000 individuals had been returned or removed since May 2023.

Cities Grappling with Migrant Numbers

Democratic officials from Massachusetts, Chicago, and New York City have recently expressed their frustratio with a significant influx of migrants, some of whom were transported at Gov. Abbott's initiative.

As of last week, Texas has transported over 35,000 migrants to cities that have declared themselves as sanctuaries. Over 13,300 of these migrants have been sent to New York City alone since August 2022.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams voiced his deep concerns about the strain the migrant crisis places on his city, stating, "This issue will destroy New York City."

Adams also highlighted the city's escalating challenges in addressing the surge in migrant numbers and the potential financial repercussions."

The Border Crisis Persists

Simultaneously, pressures at the southern border endure. Recent statistics from July indicated a surge in migrant numbers, with approximately 183,000 migrants arriving. Many Border Patrol sectors are either nearing or have reached capacity.

The ongoing border crisis has become a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. Figures such as Abbott squarely point to the current administration's policies as the root cause of the crisis.

On the other hand, Democrats and the administration are advocating for increased funding and comprehensive immigration reform, a proposal some Republicans oppose due to provisions for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.