On Thursday (May 19), Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced that a busload of migrants from his state had arrived in Denver.
Abbott made the revelation in a press release that detailed how the migrants were bused from Texas to Denver, Colorado, and dropped off in the downtown area.
Abbott noted that the “overwhelmed and overrun border communities” of Texas should not have to bear the brunt of mass illegal immigration because of President Joe Biden’s “reckless open border policies,” like the Biden administration’s mass catch and release policy that allows Migrants to enter the U.S. without court dates or “any way to track them.”
Abbott vowed to continue to transport migrants to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities like Denver until Biden and his administration “step up and fulfill their constitutional duty to secure the border.”
He added his actions were providing “much-needed relief” to Texas’ small border towns.
So far, Abbott has transported migrants to several cities, including New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Philadelphia.
Philadelphia officials revealed 34 asylum seekers arrived by bus from Texas on Wednesday (May 17), with another group of 46 migrants arriving on Thursday.
According to the update, the migrants are from Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.
A total of 23 busloads of migrants have arrived in Philadelphia since November.
In Chicago, newly-elected Mayor Brandon Johnson signed an executive order that creates a “deputy mayor for immigrant, migrant and refugee rights.”
The Mayor’s executive order tasks the new role with coordinating and communicating among all city departments and officials involved in the city’s efforts to support migrants, refugees, and immigrants.