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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending buses with migrants to DC ahead of the surge

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered state troops to begin stopping and inspecting commercial vehicles coming across the US-Mexico border, saying bus charters were being offered to bring illegal migrants into Washington, DC , to bring to dig up President Biden and Congress.

With just seven weeks until the Biden administration lifts the Title 42 immigration order, Abbott announced several measures to protect his state and combat the massive influx of migrants expected to cross the border this spring.

“To help local officials — as communities are overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants being deported by the Biden administration — Texas is providing charter buses for these illegal immigrants who have been deported to Washington, DC,” the Republican governor said Wednesday.

“We’re sending them to the United States capital, where the Biden administration will be able to more directly address the needs of the people they allow to come across our border,” he added.

Soon after, Abbott signed an order directing the Texas Division of Emergency Management to direct the operation.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced tighter inspections of commercial vehicles entering the US border from Mexico.
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Texas officials also said they would begin “increased military activity” on the southern border, installing barbed wire at some low-water spots along the river to discourage migrants from crossing.

Flanked by Texas troops in the border town of Weslaco, Abbott acknowledged that additional inspections of commercial vehicles near US ports of entry would “dramatically slow” vehicle traffic entering the county.

After the governor’s press briefing, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said that Abbott is clearly “trying to send a signal to DC lawmakers” on this matter.

Migrants take a seat on a bus after being arrested in Del Rio, Texas, near the Mexico-United States border, May 16, 2021.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised to send charter buses full of undocumented immigrants to Washington, DC.
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Abbott announced several other measures, including inspections of commercial vehicles entering the state from Mexico because many of them, the governor said, “smuggle immigrants and other illegal cargo into Texas and onto our streets.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct “enhanced security inspections” when vehicles cross international entry points.

While Abbott admitted the measure will “dramatically slow traffic out of Mexico,” he claimed it will “immediately help keep Texans out of harm’s way.”

A U.S. Border Protection officer monitors as immigrants board a bus to a processing center in Roma, Texas, August 14, 2021.
Border officials have called for reinforcements to deal with a potential influx of undocumented immigrants.
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Additionally, the Republican announced that the National Guard will begin its “first phase of the mass migration rehearsal” starting Thursday in preparation for the expected rush of people across the border later this spring.

Abbott said National Guard troops would be outfitted with riot gear to deter “potential caravan violence.”

The governor also announced the state would impose blockades on roads leading to border towns.

Wednesday’s announcement is just the first phase in a two-part process to prepare for the repeal of Title 42 in May, Abbott said, hinting that more announcements will come later this week.

A Border Patrol bus departs after waiting for the arrival of arriving migrants November 17, 2021 in La Joya, Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hopes “the Biden administration” can accommodate migrants coming off charter buses.
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“In the period from today to next week. Texas will continue to evaluate, push, and oppose the Biden administration’s open borders policy and will announce additional measures next week to respond to these unprecedented illegal border crossings,” he continued.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that Title 42 will be repealed on May 23.

The order, first imposed in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, has allowed border officials to immediately expel nearly 2 million migrants who have attempted to enter the United States without hearing asylum claims.

While local border officials have warned the administration has “no plan” to prepare for hundreds of thousands of migrants awaiting crossing the border, the Defense Ministry confirmed to The Post on Wednesday that it would provide “some” support.

The limited support notably includes the commissioning of 40 commercial buses to transport migrants from the ports of entry at the border to other locations for processing, as well as the provision of medical staff on standby.

The Pentagon also plans to provide “land sites on Department of Defense military facilities for processing migrants” and provide housing, if needed, for federal employees working on the mission.

Aerial view of cars queuing to cross the border at the San Ysidro border crossing on the Mexico-United States border on November 7, 2021 in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico.
Gov. Greg Abbott expects heavier traffic at US border points as border officials conduct more inspections.
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Currently, the Pentagon has no plans to send additional troops directly to the border, but seemed open to considering it.

“The Department has supported this DHS-led mission since 2006, encompassing the Bush, Obama, Trump and now the Biden administrations. If DHS sent a request for further assistance along the border, the Department of Defense would consider doing so,” Department of Defense spokesman LTC Chris Mitchell told The Post.

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