An initiative by Governors Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey has sent 79 buses of illegal immigrants packing to Washington, D.C., but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to know why they don’t just send them back south of the border.
Republican officials in Arizona and Texas have sent dozens of buses packed to the gills with illegal immigrants to Washington, DC in protest of President Joe Biden’s almost non-existent immigration policies, according to the Washington Examiner.
The buses were provided under an initiative that was presented by both governors of Arizona and Texas according to spokespeople who talked to the media outlet.
“These people are wanting to go somewhere else. They’re not wanting to stay in Arizona,” Morgan Carr, the spokeswoman for Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) stated. “From what we’re seeing, they’re all primarily [headed to] the East Coast.”
Yet, the call to send them back whence they came is a popular one:
During my down time, playing a game, the following poll came across:
Where should illegal immigrants be bused:
I say back where they came from. What say you?
— Dauntless KAG (@Jlk4USA) June 14, 2022
If Governor DeSantis says to send these illegals back across the border, why not try, @GregAbbott_TX?
I say go for it. Don’t let them in and if they arrive, SEND THEM BACK! It’s time!
— 🇺🇸Texas Nana 🇺🇸 👑✝️⭐️ (@Debbieh625) June 11, 2022
Sixty-five of the 79 buses came from Texas, transporting more than 2,000 illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital. The other fourteen came from Arizona and have reportedly ferried 523 individuals.
A quarter of the illegal immigrants in Arizona getting on buses claimed they were heading to New York after leaving Washington, DC. Twenty-three percent said they would go to New Jersey. Florida came in third.
Sixty-nine percent of illegal immigrants in Arizona who took a bus ride were from Colombia. Fifteen percent were Peruvians. According to Carr, eight Russians were on one bus that left on Tuesday.
BORDER REPORT: The first group of migrants I encountered last week in Yuma, AZ were from China, Peru, Georgia, Venezuela, Cuba, and India
Only a few dozen migrants out of the ~1,500 crossing each day into the Yuma border sector are being returned under Title 42 pic.twitter.com/iqdwAX0QKH
— Jennie Taer (@JennieSTaer) May 31, 2022
Abbott announced on April 6 that Texas would use emergency evacuation procedures to transport migrants out of the state to “take the border to President Biden.” Although Abbott vowed to drop off migrants right at the Capitol, the buses have actually dropped illegal immigrants off closer to Union Station.
While Texas is footing its own bill for transporting illegal immigrants to D.C., Arizona expects the Biden administration to pick up its tab. It is extremely doubtful that they will.
“This is a problem caused by Washington. We’re bringing it to Washington, and we expect Washington to foot the bill. We’re going to send them a bill,” Ducey spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the Washington Examiner in an interview.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis cried foul and said Texas should turn illegal immigrants around and send them back south of the border.
“They let them come across and then you give them to the feds, and the feds just release them anyways,” DeSantis said, according to a report from Florida Politics. “What they need to do, Texas, is Texas should just send them back across the border.” 💯 https://t.co/y0A9hfK1IL
— Zachery Henry (@zhenryaz) June 13, 2022
“They let them come across and then you give them to the feds, and the feds just release them anyways,” DeSantis said according to Florida Politics. “What they need to do, Texas, is Texas should just send them back across the border.”
Almost a year ago, the Florida governor sent 50 officers to the southern border. DeSantis then traveled to Texas to get a look at the border for himself with Abbott. He bluntly called Biden’s border policies “absolutely catastrophic.”
“Who cares what the feds are saying? They’re not doing their job,” he asserted. “Or not let them come across the border to begin with, because they go right across the river. They just walk right across. No one’s stopping. Some pushback, I think, would be good. And I would send people to help with that.”
“There’s a massive, massive caravan that’s coming towards the southern border right now. And what is Biden doing? He’s fumbling around on late-night TV shows,” DeSantis charged. “He needs to get in the game here, and he needs to defend our country’s sovereignty because that’s going to absolutely overwhelm not just Texas, but it’s going to overwhelm a lot of other communities throughout the United States of America.”
Met with #OperationLoneStar agency officials today to discuss preparation and strategies for the migrant caravan headed our way.
Texas continues working to secure our border, while the federal government refuses to do their job and stop this border crisis. pic.twitter.com/EwFmJKOj0P
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) June 9, 2022
DeSantis is predicting that Biden’s inaction is going to flip entire areas red in upcoming elections.
“All those communities now, traditionally, (have) been blue areas,” he remarked to Florida Politics. “They’re all going to go very dark red in the election because of the border and because (of) a lot of these other bad policies, the wokeness, and all this other stuff. People are absolutely responding, and nobody’s listening in DC.”
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