“The migrants on Texas’ buses willingly chose to go to Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago, having signed a voluntary consent waiver available in multiple languages upon boarding that they agreed on the destination,” said Renae Eze, the spokesperson, told news outlets over the past weekend.
The city of El Paso, Texas, also reportedly has its own program for busing illegal immigrants. The Democrat-run city is located across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
“The state is not involved in El Paso’s busing,” Eze told Just the News on Saturday.
The comments came after Democrat and White House officials alleged Abbott, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey are misleading illegal immigrants and have suggested the program isn’t voluntary. When Abbott initiated the busing scheme earlier this year, he repeatedly said that the illegal aliens would go on a voluntary—not mandatory—basis.
Meanwhile, only the federal government sets immigration policy and is responsible for deportations. Governors do not have such powers.
The busing program drew headlines last week when DeSantis flew about 50 illegal aliens from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island that is popular with wealthy Democrat elites. And on the same day, Abbott bused dozens of individuals picked up at the border to Vice President Kamala Harris’s official residence in Washington.
In response, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Sept. 16 that the White House is deferring to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on whether legal action is being considered against the Republican governors.
Hours after sending the illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated the National Guard and promptly sent them to a military base on Cape Cod. After that, it’s not clear what will happen to the aliens, who reportedly were of Venezuelan origin.
During a news conference, DeSantis last week said that he is considering flying more illegal migrants to other parts of the country.
“Obviously there’s going to be buses like Texas is doing” and “there may be some more flights,” he announced. Martha’s Vineyard won’t be the only destination, either.
“There’s a whole bunch of other places,” the governor said. “But I would say that all we’re trying to do is offer transport to sanctuary jurisdictions” that are “free to the to the alien but certainly not mandatory.”
In the meantime, Abbott appears to be ramping up his busing program and shows no signs of stopping. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, told CNN on Sunday that about a half-dozen buses filled with people arrived in the city on Sunday morning.