The first bus of undocumented immigrants from Texas arrived in Washington, DC on Wednesday as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s response to the Biden administration’s immigration policy.
Abbott first announced the plan last week at a press conference after the Biden administration signaled the end of Title 42, an invoked federal provision that allowed federal agents to quickly deport undocumented immigrants. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response, Abbott announced the Bus Initiative, which offers migrants voluntary rides to Washington in a charter bus paid for by the state of Texas. Each bus can carry about 40 migrants, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The first bus to arrive was carrying migrants from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, according to the governor’s office.
A second bus is also on its way to the nation’s capital, Abbott said.
Although Abbott celebrated the bus strategy, another part of his response to immigration has drawn bipartisan scrutiny.
Abbott’s plan for Texas DPS soldiers to set up inspection checkpoints for commercial traffic along the border, even though trucks are already being inspected by Customs and Privacy officers. borders. Secondary inspections, which Abbott said were necessary to stop drug and human trafficking, led to massive delays.
White House officials blasted the move, calling it “unnecessary and redundant.”
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, another Republican, also called on Abbott to end the inspections.
“Your inspection protocol does not stop illegal immigration,” Miller said in an open letter to the governor. “It keeps food off the grocery store shelves and in many cases rots the food in the trucks – many of which are owned by Texas and other American companies.”
Due to long delays at the border, protests have spread to the Mexican side of the bridge, sometimes disrupting international trade.
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