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President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing plans to drop off migrants in US cities within hours of the US-Mexico border, Republican lawmakers have said.
The potential policy is one of the ways DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is seeking to ease the influx of migrants into US border towns, according to a New York Post report. Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, sent a letter to Mayorkas expressing concern that the government is sending waves of migrants to San Angelo, Texas, a town he represents.
“San Angelo is a welcoming community, but the locality has not volunteered for this mission, nor is it responsible for the burden of the border crisis,” Pfluger wrote in the letter.
“This situation is a direct result of DHS’ short-sighted policies that further encourage illegal immigration and the agency’s failure to establish operational control of the southern border,” he added.
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Pfluger added that he only found out about the DHS plans after he informed him of local law enforcement in San Angelo.
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The potential bus campaign comes months after Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent busloads of migrants to the US Capitol in Washington, DC to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
“Texans demand and deserve an aggressive, comprehensive strategy to secure our border, not President Biden’s lackluster leadership,” Abbott said in a statement at the time. “As the federal government continues to roll back common sense policies that once kept our communities safe, our local law enforcement has stepped up to protect Texans from dangerous criminals, deadly drugs and illegal contraband. invading the Lone Star State.”
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To date, Abbott has sent about 65 migrant buses to the US capital, more than 2,000 people.
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