Texas vows to continue sending migrants to cities around the country: 'We're going to send them to your neighborhood and we're going to keep those buses coming'

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Migrants from Venezuela, who boarded a bus in Del Rio, Texas, hold their belongings in plastic bags after disembarking within view of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2022.
Migrants from Venezuela, who boarded a bus in Del Rio, Texas, hold their belongings in plastic bags after disembarking within view of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2022.Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images
  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Texas will continue busing migrants to so-called sanctuary cities.

  • "We're going to keep those buses coming until finally, this administration wakes up," Patrick told Fox News.

  • It comes as multiple buses were sent to major cities, including New York and Washington, DC.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Saturday vowed to continue busing migrants crossing the US-Mexico border near his state to cities around the country.

"Texas is saying, we're fighting back," Patrick said during an interview with "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Saturday.

The Texas official blasted President Joe Biden's border policies, saying that the migrant transport from his state to sanctuary cities will continue.

"We're going to send them to your neighborhood, and we're going to keep those buses coming until finally, this administration wakes up," he said. "And, we'll pass legislation next session that will hopefully get us to the Supreme Court, where this Supreme Court can rule that Texas and everyone else has a right to protect their citizens, and then we can do it."

Patrick called the migrant crisis "a financial burden on us" and "an invasion of our state."

It comes after GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arranged for droves of buses to make their way to major cities like New York and Washington, D.C, even leaving migrants, including a one-month-old baby, near Vice President Kamala Harris' official residence. In addition, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent migrants by plane to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

The measure was met with swift backlash from Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Harris herself, who called the move a "political stunt."

"I've always asked this question and on this show before, exactly what is Biden's answer when we say, 'Where do these people go? Where do they actually go? How do they live? Do they move in with somebody?'" Patrick said.

"We can't put a 15-year-old in the fourth grade if they're two or three grade levels behind. Where do they get their health care services or emergency rooms? What do they do for work? They don't have a legal permit."

He added, "So they've been dumping people in America for a long time, a long time."

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