In a tweet, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday The Lone Star State had “…bused over 15,900 migrants to sanctuary cities.”
He went on to highlight the cities and number of migrants sent there. At the top of the list was Washington DC, with a number of 8.900. This was followed by New York City, with 4,900 migrants being sent. Chicago (1,500) and Philadelphia (630) rounded out the list.
His tweet concluded affirming Texas is assisting “local communities overwhelmed by President Biden’s open border policies.”
Texas has bused over 15,900 migrants to sanctuary cities.
⁃ Over 8,900 to DC
⁃ Over 4,900 to NYC
⁃ Over 1,500 to Chicago
⁃ Over 630 to Philadelphia
We’re providing relief to local communities overwhelmed by President Biden’s open border policies.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) December 27, 2022
The number of migrants transported to so-called “sanctuary cities” is a very small fraction of the total number of migrants who have entered Texas cities. Just considering the border city of El Paso, they have received 80K migrants in the past four months.
Since March of 2021, Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star reported 336,000 apprehensions in the state. This does not include those who have entered the United States illegally undetected. This effort has concluded in 354 million deadly doses of fentanyl.
Abbott’s tweet follows the Supreme Court ruling Title 42 to stay in place. This significant ruling keeps in place a Trump-era policy of migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally will be returned to Mexico or their place of origin. Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, it was reported tens of thousands of migrants were prepared to cross border lines and enter the United States, the moment Title 42 would be lifted.