Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference on Wednesday in response to the Biden Administration’s decision to lift the pandemic border restrictions known as Title 42 on May 23. Due to the record number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border into the U.S., the state of Texas has found itself overwhelmed and Gov. Abbott is concerned this crisis will get significantly worse.
Now that Title 42 is set to be lifted, the federal government is planning for up to 18,000 illegal immigrants to cross into the United States per day – adding up to over half a million each month.
To put this number into perspective at his press conference, Gov. Abbott said, “We have potentially more people who will be crossing our border illegally by the end of this year than live in Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city.”
In response to the Biden administration ending Title 42, Abbott announced that “Texas will be taking its own precedented actions this month.”
Among a series of strategies covered at the press conference, the one that generated the most buzz was Abbott’s announcement that Texas will begin using charter buses to ship illegal immigrants to Washington D.C.
Gov. Abbott said,
“To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hoards 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. We are sending them to the United States Capitol where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border.”
BREAKING: Texas Gov. @GregAbbott_TX says that Texas will be sending charter buses of illegal migrants to Washington DC:
"The Biden Administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they’re allowing to come across our border." pic.twitter.com/MWM8IqCici
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 6, 2022
Texas state officials have reportedly said they are prepared to activate up to 900 buses, or “as many as needed.”
In addition to his plans to send the illegal immigrants to D.C., Abbott also announced plans to “conduct enhanced safety inspections of vehicles as they cross international points of entry into Texas.” He also announced that the state would be initiating measures to deter immigrants from crosing into the U.S. illegally, including “deploying boat blockades” and “deploying razor wire in low-water crossings.”
“Additionally, the National Guard will begin its first phase of mass migration rehearsals tomorrow to begin the preparation for what we are anticipating to be a potential mass influx of people coming across the border,” added Aboott. “All troopers and specially trained National Guard will be equipped with riot gear in case of potential caravan violence, like what we have all seen occur in Mexico as the caravans were making their way toward the United States.”
Next week, the Texas Governor plans to announce additionally actions the state will be taking to ensure the safety of its citizens, state, and nation.
Watch the full press conference below: