During a press conference last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that he would begin busing illegal immigrants to Washington D.C.
Although White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed the move as a publicity stunt, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) insists it’s anything but.
“This is a real issue”
“I wish it was only a publicity stunt,” Fox News quoted Paxton as saying during a Saturday appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend.
The AG went on to insist that Psaki “doesn’t understand the reality, or doesn’t care about the reality, of what’s happening on the Texas border.”
“And then, ultimately, what’s happening to all of our states, because really every state is a border state now, affected by what’s going on along the border,” Paxton continued.
“Because we have a massive increase in drug overdoses, we have had COVID spread around, we’ve had all kinds of crime issues. This is a real issue. This is not a publicity stunt by the governor.”
The Daily Wire noted that Abbott’s busing plan comes in response to an announcement from the Biden administration that it will end Title 42, a Trump-era policy under which illegal migrants could be quickly removed so as to slow the spread of COVID.
Texas takes new measures
The move is expected to trigger an influx of new arrivals next month, something for which Abbott said his state must prepare.
“With the Biden administration ending Title 42 expulsions in May, Texas will be taking its own unprecedented actions this month to do what no state in America has ever done in the history of this country to better secure our state, as well as our nation,” he said.
“To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed with hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the Biden administration to Washington, D.C.,” the governor announced.
Other planned actions will include “enhanced public safety inspection of vehicles,” along with the deployment of “razor wire at low-water crossings in high traffic areas.”
Abbott went on to explain that additional steps are to be announced in the week to come.