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Texas Gov. Abbott hits back at White House over criticism of busing migrants on Christmas Eve

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is firing back at the White House after President Biden’s spokesperson called the bus move of immigrants to the U.S. capital on Christmas Eve a “dangerous and shameful stunt.”

Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze called Biden a “hypocrite” for criticizing Texas “flying immigrant planes across the country, often in the middle of the night.”

In a Fox News Digital statement, Eze said, “These migrants are willing to go to Washington D.C. by signing a voluntary waiver of consent available in multiple languages ​​at boarding that they have consented to their destination. I chose to

“And they were processed and released by the federal government. The federal government has been on a historic level in Texas border towns like El Paso, which recently declared a state of emergency because of the crisis caused by Biden. I am throwing them away.”

This image provided by WJLA shows a migrant family boarding a bus to travel from near the Vice President's residence to a local church after arriving in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.

This image provided by WJLA shows a migrant family boarding a bus to travel from near the Vice President’s residence to a local church after arriving in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.
(WJLA via AP)

Since April, Gov. Greg Abbott has bussed more than 8,700 immigrants from Texas to the nation's capital.

Since April, Gov. Greg Abbott has bussed more than 8,700 immigrants from Texas to the nation’s capital.
(WJLA via AP)

Three immigrant buses were dropped off in Washington D.C. on Christmas Eve, with at least one leaving passengers near the vice president’s home Kamala Harris.

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Democrats across the country harshly criticized Mr. Abbott’s visit, with White House spokesperson Abdullah Hassan calling it a “cruel, dangerous and shameful stunt.”

“Governor Abbott left children on the side of the road on Christmas Eve in freezing temperatures without coordinating with federal and local authorities.

“As we have said repeatedly, whether we are Republicans or Democrats, we have real solutions such as comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures that President Biden presented to Congress on his first day in office. but these political games accomplish nothing and only risk their lives.”

Aerial view of migrants line up next to the US-Mexico border fence after spending the night outside in El Paso, Texas, December 22, 2022.

Aerial view of migrants line up next to the US-Mexico border fence after spending the night outside in El Paso, Texas, December 22, 2022.
(John Moore/Getty Images)

Migrants warm a fire at dawn after spending the night outside next to the US-Mexico border fence on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas.

Migrants warm a fire at dawn after spending the night outside next to the US-Mexico border fence on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas.
(John Moore/Getty Images)

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the latest statement from Abbott’s office on Tuesday.

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Since April, Texas has bussed more than 8,700 immigrants to Washington DC, 4,500 to New York City, 1,500 to Chicago, and 520 to Philadelphia.

Abbott said fiscal year 2022 had a record 2.3 million migrant encounters, so he began bussing migrants to provide relief to overwhelmed border communities and draw attention to the crisis. said.