Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declared on Wednesday that Washington, D.C., is now a “border town” after the first busloads of illegal migrants offloaded in the nation’s capital after being sent their by his home state.
Cruz shared his remark along with a Fox News story on the drop-off on Twitter.
Washington D.C. is a border town.
— Senator Ted Cruz
“The bus pulled up at approximately 8 a.m. local time, blocks away from the U.S. Capitol building. Fox News has learned that they came from the Del Rio sector in Texas, after coming to the U.S. from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela,” the report noted.
“Upon the bus’s arrival in Washington, D.C., individuals disembarked one by one except for family units who exited together. They checked in with officials and had wristbands they were wearing cut off before being told they could go,” Fox added.
Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to charter buses and begin sending migrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally to the nation’s capital in protest of President Joe Biden’s lax border and immigration enforcement policies and his administration’s announcement that it was ending Title 42, a Trump-era pandemic rule that allowed for the rapid deportation of illegal aliens.
“With the Biden administration ending Title 42 expulsions in May, Texas will be taking its own unprecedented actions this month to do what no state in America has ever done in the history of this country to better secure our state, as well as our nation,” Abbott said.
“To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed with hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the Biden administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the Biden administration to Washington, D.C.,” Abbott said.
“We are sending them to the United States capital 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 continued.
Abbott also announced “enhanced public safety inspection of vehicles” crossing from Mexico into Texas at ports of entry.
The new policy will necessarily “dramatically slow traffic from Mexico into Texas,” Abbott admitted, but he said the new process is necessary to curb cartel traffic flowing from Mexico into Texas.
“Those two strategies are in addition to announcing the following actions to further deter illegal immigrants, including deploying boat blockades at appropriate regions in the Rio Grande River, deploying razor wire at low-water crossings in high traffic areas, creating container blockades to drive people away from low water crossings,” Abbott said, adding that he will be announcing more measures next week.