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Greg Abbott Stakes Claim as Most Evil Governor in America With Plan to Bus Immigrants to Washington, D.C.

Texas says it’s planning to allocate at least 900 charter vehicles to transport migrants from the border to the steps of the Capitol

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a visit to the border wall near Pharr, Texas on June 30, 2021. - Former President Donald Trump visited the area with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to address the surge of unauthorized border crossings that they blame on the Biden administration's change in policies. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a visit to the border wall near Pharr, Texas on June 30, 2021. - Former President Donald Trump visited the area with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to address the surge of unauthorized border crossings that they blame on the Biden administration's change in policies. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a visit to the border wall near Pharr, Texas, on June 30, 2021.

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Everything is crueler in Texas.

Greg Abbott — the Republican governor who has dedicated his time in office to torching immigrant, reproductive, and LGBTQ rights — announced on Wednesday that he will provide charter buses to border communities to transport migrants to Washington, D.C.

This seems like a joke, but Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd said the state plans to use over 900 buses for the operation, according to the Texas Tribune. Fox News reported that 900 is only an estimate, however, and that in reality the state will use “as many” buses “as needed” to carry undocumented immigrants nearly 2,000 miles to Washington.

Still, very little information about the logistics of how the operation will play out is available, and it’s certainly possible that it is indeed a stunt. We certainly wouldn’t put anything past Abbott, though, whose capacity for inhumanity is boundless.

The announcement is the latest, and perhaps cruelest, turn in Abbott’s relentless war against immigrants. The state’s energy infrastructure is crumbling to the point of collapse, but the governor has been laser-focused on petty culture wars — particularly his xenophobic war against migrants seeking asylum at the Southern border. The decision to use them as literal political pawns and put them on buses to Washington, D.C., comes in response to the Biden administration ending Title 42, a Trump-era measure giving the government more authority to turn away immigrants, under the guise they they pose a Covid-19 risk. Public health experts have roundly rejected the premise.

Abbott has long been wasting his state’s resources on border theatrics, most recently through the beleaguered Operation Lone Star. The project — in which the National Guard was deployed to the border, supposedly to deter drug cartels — has been exposed as a sham rife with corruption. Texas has already appropriated nearly $4 billion to Operation Lone Star, and the general who’s running the National Guard’s presence at the border said yesterday that it needs another half a billion to keep running beyond the end of the month.

Raices Texas, the state’s largest nonprofit advocating for immigrant rights, responded on Twitter shortly after the announcement on Wednesday. “We see what you are doing here, and it’s disgusting,” they wrote. “Greg Abbott is trying to Make Texas White Again.”

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