Abbott, a Republican, wrote on Twitter that his busing strategy provides "much-needed relief to overwhelmed border communities" and has transported 8,100 illegal aliens to Washington, 2,600 to New York, and 675 to Chicago.
And last week, Abbott sent buses of illegal aliens to the Washington home of Vice President Kamala Harris. The vice president has yet to issue a public response to the drop-off.
The announcement comes as New York Mayor Eric Adams told CNN that about a half-dozen buses filled with illegal aliens arrived in the city on Sept. 17 and 18. Noting that those individuals were transported from Texas, Adams again criticized Abbott's program and threatened unspecified legal action.
On Sept. 18, Adams told the network that his "legal team is looking at what legal challenges we could do with Texas.”
DeSantis Office Responds to SuitFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis's office responded to a lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants who were transported to Martha's Vineyard, saying that they voluntarily went on the flight and signed a consent form.
Activists are using these illegal immigrants for "political theatre," and if they "spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden administration's reckless border policies," according to the statement.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also criticized the suit and noted that those individuals "came into this country illegally" and are now using U.S. laws "to sue an elected governor, to sue a state."
According to the suit, the illegal migrants were allegedly coerced to board the planes relocating them from Texas with allegedly false promises of housing, work, schooling, and other aid.
Last week, about 50 illegal aliens who reportedly originated from Venezuela were sent to Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts island that's popular with wealthy Democrat elites. Hours later, the governor of the state activated the National Guard and transported them to a military base on Cape Cod.
DeSantis, a Republican, said the move was designed to highlight what he says is an ongoing and escalating crisis along the U.S.–Mexico border and to say that Florida isn't a sanctuary state.