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First Migrant Bus From Texas Arrives in Washington, D.C.

'By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border... '

(Headline USATexas Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his promise to start shipping illegal immigrants to Washington, D.C. this week, with the first bus from Texas arriving in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

The charter bus, carrying up to 40 migrants who had been detained by border officials after illegally crossing the southern border, arrived in Washington, D.C. around 9 a.m. on Wednesday and stopped just blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building.

A senior state official familiar with the process said that most of the migrants on the bus had been discharged from federal custody somewhere in the Del Rio sector. Many of the migrants were from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

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A second charter bus is already on its way, Abbott said.

“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Abbott said in a statement shortly after the drop-off. 

“By busing migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border,” he continued. “Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden Administration’s failure to secure our border.”

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The White House has slammed Abbott over the new policy, calling it a “publicity stunt.”

“His own office admits that a migrant would need to voluntarily be transported, and then he can​’t ​compel them to because​,​ again, enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government and not a state​,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this month.

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