Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signaled he will accelerate the busing of illegal immigrants from the border to New York City, a sanctuary city, according to his office.
In a statement released on Friday, Abbott’s office said Texas authorities have sent more than 7,400 illegal immigrants to the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, Abbott has sent a growing number of illegal immigrants to New York City—about 1,500—in the month of August.
“Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry,” the statement also said, adding the program, Operation Lone Star, “accelerates” busing of illegals to New York City.
“The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities,” it added. “Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border.”
‘Ideal Destination’Abbott previously said he decided to send busloads of illegal immigrants to Washington and New York City “because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies,” adding that he’s forced to take “unprecedented action,” including busing.
“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” Abbott told media outlets earlier in August.
Both Adams and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, both Democrats, have publicly complained about Abbott’s busing program and have called on the federal government to provide federal support, including National Guard deployments. Both have been denied by the Pentagon.
Manuel Castro, the head of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, recently accused Abbott of “weaponizing asylum seekers.”
But Abbott has said that the illegal aliens apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border have gone to New York City and Washington voluntarily.