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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a formal invitation Monday to New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser to visit the southern border to better understand the illegal immigrant crisis his state is facing.

The invitations came in the form of a letter after both Adams and Bowser criticized Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for busing migrants to Washington.

At a July 21 news conference, Adams called Abbott and Ducey “cowards” for launching the program.

“They should never send them away,” the mayor said.

New York City has provided temporary shelter to approximately 3,000 migrants, Adams said at the news conference. He also noted that he had asked the federal government for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance in the ongoing task.

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Last week, Bowser requested the federal government activate the National Guard to assist with the “humanitarian crisis” caused by the influx of 4,000 migrants being bused into the city since April, when Abbott launched his busing program.

During a July 17 “Face the Nation” interview on CBS, Bowser accused Texas and Arizona officials of tricking migrants to get on buses to the District of Columbia.

“We have for sure called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses,” Bowser said.

Would a trip to the border enlighten Democrats like Adams and Bowser?

The mayor told host Margaret Brennan that she had worked with the Biden administration to secure a FEMA grant for a “local organization” assisting the migrants.

To give some perspective, over 200,000 migrants have crossed the southwest border per month since March, according to Customs and Border Protection. The crossings have primarily into Texas, Arizona, and California.

In February of 2021, the Biden administration’s first full month in office, it was less than 100,000, according to a Reuters report from March 2021. In May, the number peaked at almost 250,000, according to CBP.

Under the Biden administration’s border enforcement policies, the United States has experienced a record surge of migrants crossing illegally into the country.

So far, for the 2022 fiscal year, there have been 1,746,119 encounters at the southwest border as of June 30, which has already surpassed the entire fiscal year 2021 record number of 1,734,686, according to the CBP.

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In April, Abbott launched a voluntary busing program for migrants wanting to go to D,C. Ducey followed suit the next month.

The governors’ objective was to put the issue of the Biden administration’s lax immigration enforcement policies on the federal government’s doorstep.

In his Monday letter to Adams and Bowser, Abbott wrote, “As law enforcement agents along the Texas-Mexico border respond to thousands of illegal crossings each and every day, putting their lives on the line for Texans and for all Americans, the crisis demands the attention of not only the Biden Administration, which is responsible for securing the border, but of leaders across the country …

“Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development—especially as the President and his Administration have shown no remorse for their actions nor desire to address the situation themselves.

“As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action.”

Abbott requested the mayors join him in calling on Biden to close the border and thereby put an end to the crisis.


Last week, Abbott addressed Bowser’s request for National Guard assistance, saying in a statement, “Washington D.C. finally understands what Texans have been dealing with every single day, as our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of illegal immigrants thanks to President Biden’s open border policies.”

“The true ongoing humanitarian crisis is along the southern border,” he added.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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