First bus of migrants arrives in Washington, D.C., from Texas

First bus of migrants arrives in Washington, D.C., from Texas

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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April 14, 2022

Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement of his controversial to route undocumented migrants in a charter bus from the Texas border to Washington D.C., the governor’s office confirmed the arrival of the first bus in the national capital Wednesday morning.

Last week, Abbott announced a series of border security enhancements in response to the Biden Administration’s decision to end Title 42 expulsions —a pandemic-era emergency health order implemented by the Trump administration that allowed immigration authorities to turn away migrants at the border.

“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,” said Abbott in a prepared statement. “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. Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden Administration’s failure to secure our border.”

Approximately 30 people from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua were dropped off between Union Station and the United States Capitol. Abbott’s office also said the second bus of migrants is, as of this writing, also on its way to the nation’s capital.

“Biden refuses to come see the mess he’s made at the border. So Texas is bringing the border to him,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday.

Another of Abbott’s border initiatives, to require the Texas Department of Public Safety to perform an enhanced security check on every commercial vehicle entering the state, was swiftly met with calls that it be discontinued after causing devastating delays at the border, supply chain issues, and rising cost of goods.

Abbott has received backlash from his own party over the decision. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller called on the governor to cease his commercial truck inspection project, calling it a “catastrophic policy which has now led to Mexican truckers blockading the border” and forced some trucks to reroute hundreds of miles to Arizona.

“You cannot solve a border crisis by creating another crisis at the border. These Level 1 inspections serve as a ‘clog in the drain’ and divert commerce and jobs to more western ports of entry,” Miller said in a statement. “This is not solving the border problem, it is increasing the cost of food and adding to supply chain shortages. Such a misguided program is going to quickly lead to $2.00 lemons, $5.00 avocados and worse.”

The Mexican government said Tuesday that Abbott’s order was causing “serious damage” to trade and that cross-border traffic had plummeted to a third of normal levels.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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