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Texas Gov Says Buses Sent To The Border To Take Migrants To DC

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The governor of Texas has said there is already a high demand for buses to take migrants from his state to Washington DC, in a move he said was designed to show Joe Biden the scale of the problem, and ‘take the border to him’.

Greg Abbott, a Republican facing re-election in November and being challenged by Beto O’Rourke, announced on Wednesday that migrants who opted into the scheme would be bused from his state to DC, and left on the steps of the Capitol.

On Friday, Abbott said that his team had received multiple calls from communities in the Rio Grande Valley requesting buses to transport the migrants.

‘Overnight there were multiple communities in the Rio Grande Valley asking us to provide buses for them, maybe even planes,’ said Abbott.

He told Fox News hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer: ‘When they come across the border, it’s not like they want to stay in the Rio Grande Valley.

‘They are moving across the entire country.

‘What better place to go to than the steps of the United States Capitol – they get to see the beautiful Capitol, and get closer to the people making the decisions.’

The scheme has been condemned by Democrats, with Sheila Jackson Lee, whose constituency encompasses parts of Houston, calling it an ‘act of hysteria and grandstanding’.

She added: ‘Those are not problem solving. They are adding to the grand march of hysteria.’

But Abbott insisted that it was legitimate.

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‘Joe Biden has refused to come to the border to see the chaos that he has created by his open border policies,’ he said.

‘So we are going to take the border to him by transporting the people that he is dropping off in these local communities in the state of Texas, and sending them to Washington by plane or by bus.

‘What is happening is there is an increased number of people coming across the border. They, the federal government, are processing them and letting them loose.

‘What has been happening so far is that these people are getting on buses and going to San Antonio, or Houston, or other places like that.

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‘So I think they just need longer bus rides.’

Abbott said the scheme had ‘been happening for weeks if not months now.’

He added: ‘We know the process works.

‘It’s just a matter of relocating the drop off point.’

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) confirmed to Fox Digital that they have dispatched an unspecified number of buses to small Texas communities.

‘In the last 24 hours, TDEM has dispatched buses to areas where communities have expressed concerns about the federal government dropping off migrants and has the capability to send as many as is necessary to fulfill the requests from mayors and county judges,’ said Seth Christensen, chief of media and communications for TDEM.

‘From the [Rio Grande Valley] to Terrell County, a large majority of the communities that originally reached out for support through this operation have now said that the federal government has stopped dropping migrants in their towns… (Read more)

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