Back in April, Texas’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, pledged to bus migrants who had entered Texas illegally to Washington, D.C. on a voluntary basis.
It was laughed at in the press and among Democrats as a “publicity stunt” at the time. But the governor was dead serious, and kept that promise. Leadership is contagious, and Abbott was soon joined by Arizona’s Gov. Douglas Ducey.
For months, the states of Texas and Arizona have been sending charter buses of illegal border crossers being let in by Joe Biden’s open borders policy to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, near the Capitol building and now to New York City, led by Mayor Eric Adams, who loudly proclaims his city a sanctuary city, with laws on the books saying the city is required to provide housing to all comers.
Abbott’s office says that over 6,100 migrants have been bussed to D.C. so far.
Abbott expanded his operation by transporting migrants to the Big Apple, which he said like Washington, D.C. is an “ideal destination” due to the city’s generous treatment of homeless people.
However, officials based in D.C. or NYC, despite their claims of compassion aren’t exactly giving the migrants the red carpet treatment.
NPR reports that when the migrants disembark, they find neither the local nor federal government there to meet them.
Even Joe Biden’s White House which is responsible for the border crisis isn’t exactly welcoming their new guests.
Speaking to reporters, Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, slammed Gov. Abbott for sending immigrants to NYC and DC, calling it “another stunt of bussing desperate migrants across the country and he’s using them as a political ploy.”
Karine Jean-Pierre reacts to a question about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bussing illegal immigrants to New York as the Biden border crisis continues:
“It’s the latest stunt from the governor…” pic.twitter.com/WklIbpS2CX
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 5, 2022
Democrat D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also hasn’t embraced the new arrivals.
The New York Times reported the influx of migrants prompted Bowser to ask the Defense Department to send the National Guard. Bowser said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” that migrants putting a strain on homeless shelters. At last report, the Defense Department turned her down. They didn’t want anything to do with this fiasco, either.
New York Democrat Mayor Eric Adams wasn’t too thrilled at the prospect of welcoming thousands of new guests from foreign lands to his city, either.
Adams slammed Abbott for bussing migrants to his city. Adams said the city had received 4,000 asylum seekers since May, fueling a 10 percent growth in the homeless population, with about 100 new arrivals each day. Adams is calling on the federal government for assistance, which is the same federal government that turned down Abbott when he asked for assistance.
Perhaps for the first time, the open border fanatics are dealing with the practical challenges of confronting a massive incursion of migrants in their neighborhoods.
If the Democrats were true believers of open borders such that they practiced what they preached, they would have welcomed the migrants with open arms.
But that is not the case.