Texas Begins Busing Migrants To Philadelphia

by | Nov 15, 2022 | Politics

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that his administration has started transporting migrants in his state to Philadelphia, the latest Democrat-led city affected by his plan to use desperate migrant families as political props.In a statement, the Republican governor announced that Pennsylvania’s largest city will now be a destination for asylum-seekers bused out of Texas — usually without proper communication about what they can expect — to Democrat-led jurisdictions that consider themselves sanctuaries for migrants. Abbott has been carrying out this plan for months, targeting New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C.Advertisement“Since April, Texas’ busing strategy has successfully provided much-needed relief to our border communities overwhelmed by the historic influx of migrants caused by President Biden’s reckless open border policies,” Abbott said in the statement, referring to President Joe Biden’s refusal to maintain some Trump-era immigration restrictions.“Until the Biden Administration does its job and provides Texans and the American people with sustainable border security, Texas will continue doing more than any other state in the nation’s history to defend against an invasion along the border, including adding more sanctuary cities like Philadelphia as drop-off locations for our busing strategy,” the statement read.The first Texas bus of migrants has departed for Philadelphia.The Lone Star State will continue doing more than any state in history to secure our border, including adding more sanctuary cities as drop-off locations for our busing strategy. pic.twitter.com/caIUpjsGR4— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2022For years, Republicans have labeled migrant border crossings “invasions” to stoke fear about immigrants who are often Black or brown seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. that they did not have in their own countries. Critics say the term dehumanizes migrants and makes them a target of violence — which happened in 2019 when a man with extremely racist and anti-immigrant views killed nearly two dozen people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.AdvertisementSome immigration restrictions under former President Donald Trump included Title 42 and “Remain in Mexico.” Title 42 is a public health order that immigration authorities have used during the pandemic to reject migrants based on COVID-19 concerns. The Remain in Mexico policy required some migrants to await decisions on their U.S. asylum applications in Mexico. Biden ended the Remain in Mexico policy, and a federal judge blocked Title 42 on Tuesday.“We have a process in place to manage migrants at the border,” Biden said in September. “We’re working to make sure it’s safe and orderly and humane. Republican officials should not interfere with that process.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney confirmed that 30 asylum-seekers will be arriving in the city on Wednesday from Texas, saying that the city “will greet our newly arrived neighbors with dignity and respect.”“It is disgusting that Gov. Abbott’s administration continues to implement their purposefully cr …

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