Governor Abbott Fires Back at ‘Hypocrite in Chief’ after Criticism for Busing Migrants to D.C. on Christmas Eve

Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott responded to widespread criticism for his decision to bus more than 100 immigrants on Christmas Eve to Washington, D.C., calling President Joe Biden the “hypocrite in chief” for transporting immigrants to border towns, including El Paso. 

Abbott also took issue with claims that border officials in Texas dropped migrants off without their consent in below-freezing temperatures, claiming that individuals who were transported had signed voluntary consent waivers and agreed to the location they would be taken.

“They were processed and released by the federal government, who are dumping them at historic levels in Texas border towns like El Paso, which recently declared a state of emergency because of the Biden-made crisis,” said Renae Eze, spokesperson for Abbott. “As we have repeatedly said, we are willing to work with anyone — Republican and Democrat alike — on real solutions, like the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures President Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office, but these political games accomplish nothing and only put lives in danger.”

Governor Abbott approved the transfer of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve. The White House denounced the incident as a “dangerous and shameful stunt.” Migrants were later transported to a local church by the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network to receive shelter and resources. 

The governor of Texas has been busing migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border to Democrat-run cities since April. More than 8,500 immigrants have been bused to Washington, D.C., over the past eight months, according to data provided by Abbott’s office. The governor has also sent thousands of immigrants to other northern cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City. 

Relocation of migrants spurs outcry from Dems

The relocating of migrants to Washington, D.C., has spurred an outcry from local lawmakers who call the move a “humanitarian crisis.” In response, lawmakers approved the creation of an emergency government office to respond to the thousands of immigrants in the city. According to the mayor’s office, the district will seek reimbursement from the federal government.

Abbott has defended the transfer of immigrants to cities run by Democrats to spotlight the border crisis. He argues the Biden administration has not done enough to address the record-breaking immigration numbers. Around 411,000 illegal migrants were encountered at the southern border in October and November, according to data from the Center for Immigration Studies — which surpasses the total number of immigrants apprehended at the border for the entire fiscal year 2020.