Texas has sent 922 immigrants to Washington DC to protest the suspension of Title 42
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott reported in a statement that he has sent 35 buses to Washington DC with 922 undocumented migrantswho were detained on the border of that state with Mexico.
Abbott maintains that he is doing this because of the mess created on the southern border of the United States by President Joe Biden’s decisions to suspend Title 42, in an effort to get the president’s and lawmakers’ attention so that secure the US border.
This Friday marks a month since Abbott ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to transport migrants from border communities to the nation’s capital, as part of Operation Lone Star to bolster border security.
In his crusade against the Biden government, Abbott launched a website at the end of April to accept donations from people who want to help with the transportation of undocumented immigrants.
For his part, the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, decided to emulate those actions and this week sent the first bus with migrants from that state to Washington DC.
Unlike the transportation funding strategy employed by Texas, Ducey expects the Biden Administration to pick up the tab for him.
“This is a problem caused by Washington. We are bringing it to Washington, and we expect Washington (the Biden Administration) to foot the bill. We’ll send them a bill,” Ducey’s spokesman, CJ Karamargin, told the Washington Examiner Thursday afternoon.
All undocumented immigrants who are transported on the buses do so voluntarily. The migrants have been released by immigration authorities to continue their cases at large, say activists who have criticized the Texas governor’s actions.
Texas, Arizona, and other conservative states are in a fight with the White House over Title 42.
The Biden government has announced that the application of the measure will end on May 23 following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but these states filed a lawsuit to prevent it.
The title 42, is a controversial policy implemented by the Donald Trump administration that restricts the entry of immigrants to the country and with it their right to seek asylum, due to the public health emergency caused by the COVID pandemic.
A federal judge in Louisiana heard arguments from both sides and said he would rule by May 13 on whether or not the measure should remain in effect.
In March alone, the US-Mexico border recorded 221,000 migrants. That number is expected to increase once Title 42 is lifted.
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