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    Willing Illegals get free trip to Washington D.C. Thank you Texas.....

    Abbott’s border ‘publicity stunt’ is no solution, but that does not mean it won’t have effect

    Joel Martinez/AP

    Cynthia M. Allen
    ·4 min read

    In this article:

    • Greg Abbott
      48th Governor of Texas, since 2015

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cannot reasonably be accused of always playing to his party’s lowest common denominator.
    That territory is typically occupied by his more provocative Republican peers, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton — not to mention his recently routed primary challengers.
    But his announcement Wednesday that Texas would be chartering buses and offering to bring migrants at the border straight to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington — where the Biden administration “will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border,” he said — played like red meat in a media environment that often glosses over nuance and mistakes meaning.
    Texas Governor Targets Migrants in Anticipation of Influx at Border,” read a headline in The New York Times.

    The sub-headline, of course, acknowledged that the expected surge in illegal immigration is the direct result of a change in the Biden administration’s policy – the announced end of Title 42, the emergency health order used during the pandemic to turn away migrants at the border.
    It also clarified that Abbott’s fierce-sounding plan to ferry migrants to the nation’s capital is, in fact, completely voluntary.
    Transporting migrants around the state of Texas is something border cities already do, Abbott explained.
    “So I said I’ve got a better idea: As opposed to busing these people to San Antonio, let’s continue the ride all the way to Washington, D.C.,” he added.
    The busing plan’s voluntary nature even drew criticism from the governor’s right flank, who like his critics on the left (including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki), called it a publicity stunt.
    That sounds about right.
    Most Texas policies to combat out-of-control immigration are half-baked solutions because by definition they have to be. Texas simply lacks the authority to do much else.
    As Psaki quite clearly stated, while swiping at Abbott and his busing plan, “enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government, not a state.”
    What she conveniently failed to address was what exactly border states, which bear the burden of porous borders, are supposed to do when the federal government fails to enforce existing immigration laws or develop a more cogent plan for dealing with huge numbers of people crossing into the U.S.
    That is why Abbott’s new policy, however much it looks like a stunt, is so far working exactly as planned: it’s keeping the public’s attention on a burgeoning crisis that the Biden administration has publicly and privately admitted is about to break.
    Indeed, U.S. intelligence officials estimate there could be another 170,000 migrants at the border, waiting for Title 42 to end.
    Jeh Johnson, homeland security secretary under President Barack Obama, explained why numbers of that magnitude are not sustainable.
    “It overwhelms the communities … that have to absorb this population. It overwhelms Catholic Charities. It overwhelms the Border Patrol and ICE and their ability to keep up with these numbers,” he said in a recent interview.
    And that doesn’t even begin to address the other manifold problems associated with a surge of migration, such as the increased incidence of human, sexual and drug trafficking.
    To that end, Abbott’s plan calls for other actions.
    The Department of Public Safety will immediately begin enhanced safety inspections of commercial vehicles coming through from Mexico into Texas in an effort to catch human smugglers who often use commercial trucks to transport people into the country.
    The state will create boat and container blockades on the Rio Grande and install razor wire in low-river crossings that are typically high-traffic areas.
    The Texas National Guard will begin “mass migration rehearsals” this week, in preparation for the influx of border crossings.
    And the border region will also be lit at night in prominent smuggling areas to make it easier to find and apprehend border-crossers.
    This is just the beginning, Abbott said—. Additional actions will be announced next week.
    Given the magnitude of the problem, it’s difficult to see Abbott’s plan making a substantial difference. It won’t deter migrants who have been gathering at the border for months and it won’t magically imbue Texas with the authority to detain them.
    But it will keep the crisis at the border in the news and at the forefront the minds of political leaders – including several prominent (and politically vulnerable) Democrats, who have already expressed their displeasure with the administration’s decision to end Title 42 without a plan to manage its significant repercussions.
    Sometimes, publicity stunts are an end in themselves.
    Score it Abbott: 1, Biden: 0.

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    I can understand why both Texas and Florida are doing this, but all I'm seeing is that all of those ILLEGALS are being used as mere pawns.

    Biden and this current admin will use taxpayer funds once again to ship them either back or elsewhere...

    Once again, the basic "TAXPAYER" ends up with the bill for all of Political IDIOCY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxtrotOscar View Post
    the basic "TAXPAYER" ends up with the bill for all of Political IDIOCY...
    This should be printed on every ballot in every election.

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    Mike, Texas has to spend 2 billion dollars a year to cover all the different problems created in Texas by Illegal Aliens each year. It's much more now. The U.S.A. statistics indicate that by 2040, the Mexican population will be the Majority in America. Even faster now that the Border is wide open.....

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