A bus carrying scores of illegal immigrants arrived in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning as part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s new strategy to challenge federal immigration regulations during the ongoing border crisis.
Last week, Abbott declared that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) would be in charge of transporting migrants freed from federal detention in Texas to the nation’s capital and other areas outside the state.
At around 8:00 a.m., the bus arrived. local time, a few blocks from the United States The Capitol is located in Washington, DC. They arrived in the United States from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. They were from the Del Rio area of Texas.
Individuals departed one by one as the bus arrived in Washington, D.C., with the exception of family groupings, who exited together. They checked in with officials and had their bracelets taken off before being allowed to go.
Abbott’s approach, according to TDEM, is already working. Many of the localities that initially called out for help – from the Rio Grande Valley to Terrell County – have claimed that since Abbott’s proclamation on April 6, the federal government has ceased dropping immigrants in their towns, according to the agency.
Some questioned whether Abbott’s proposal to transport refugees by bus was real. It was rejected by the White House as a PR gimmick. Even Republican state representative Matt Schaefer in Texas labeled it a ruse.
TDEM claimed it sent buses to border areas over the weekend to work with officials to identify these people. According to the government, each vehicle has the capability and materials to transport up to 40 migrants freed in Texas areas to Washington, D.C.
Nonetheless, the governor’s legal right to transfer busloads of migrants to the United States remains unchallenged. The fate of the Capitol is still in doubt. Arizona v. United States, a Supreme Court ruling from 2012, prohibits states from enacting their own immigration policy.
Abbott claims that the federal government is not doing enough to solve the problem. President Biden recently indicated that Title 42, which was utilized to quickly deport migrants owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, will be repealed.