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Gov. Abbott: Biden's border policy is the 'most disastrous thing' anyone has ever witnessed

Abbott told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that repealing Title 42 “will be catastrophic for the United States of America”

April 25, 2022 12:48pm

Updated: April 25, 2022 2:05pm

Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott blasted President Biden’s handling of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border as the “most disastrous thing” anyone has ever witnessed.

Abbott’s comments came during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features” while referencing the Biden administration’s push to end the Trump administration’s Title 42 public health order – a policy which allows federal officials to expel migrants at the border as a COVID-19 measure.

During the interview, Abbott can be heard telling host Maria Bartiromo that the move “will be catastrophic for the United States of America.”

Although the Biden administration has continued to use Title 42 along the border, the president confirmed earlier this month that his government will terminate the policy at the end of May – despite bipartisan fears that a massive wave of migrants will reach the border in the coming months.

The administration, it appears, is well aware of the surge, however, and sources have claimed that officials are preparing for a surge of upwards of 18,000 migrants per day.

"Do the math on that and you will find it means that more than six million people will be coming across the border a year, and about half of those will be in the state of Texas," Abbott said. 

In retaliation to the Biden administration’s negligence along the border, Texas started bussing migrants to Washington, D.C. on April 8 after Abbott instructed Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) officials to transport migrants released by federal authorities in the Lone Star State to the district in a move described by the White House as a “publicity stunt,” Fox News reported.

“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Abbott said in a statement.

“By transporting migrants to Washington, D.C., the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately meet the needs of the people they are allowing to cross our border. Texas should not have to bear the burden of the Biden Administration’s failure to secure our border,” he added.

As the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to intensify in recent months, Abbott has said that he will work to shift the burden from small communities in the Lone Star State to Washington, D.C. where many Democratic lawmakers presently reside.

“These migrants are being dropped off – and as opposed to them being there in these small communities or the small communities having to spend money dealing with it, we decided to bus them to Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Abbott also noted that his administration is considering sending undocumented to other locations around the United States, including Biden’s home state of Delaware.

So far, at least ten buses have arrived in the nation’s capital.