Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) of Texas told Fox News hosts about his state’s plan to bus illegally immigrating migrants to Washington, D.C., declaring that “it’s time for a showdown” in the courts on Sunday during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”
“You’re seeing the first step in a constitutional stand-off between the governor and Legislature, as well as the state of Texas vs. the federal government,” Patrick added. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said it was all a publicity stunt and said that Texas has no authority to go through with the plan.
“Let me explain to you what our power and authority is all about,” Patrick responded. “We take an oath to defend the constitution of Texas and the United States, as well as the lives and well-being of our residents,” he said on Fox & Friends.
“I want to know what it is about illegal aliens that the Biden administration seems so eager to send them all across America except for the capital,” Patrick said. “Jen Psaki, on Monday, I’d like someone to ask her why she doesn’t just let [illegal immigrants] into D.C.? If it’s good enough for other cities, what’s wrong, Jen? Why don’t you just welcome them in? … Don’t you like illegals, Jen?’” Patrick asked.
“So, what’s the issue? Because they’re being carried all throughout the country in the middle of the night.” Patrick then went on to explain a conversation he had with a mayor who was furious to hear that Border Patrol intended to send 100 illegal immigrants to his town. “I don’t have enough cops or systems in place to handle it,” said the mayor, according to Patrick.
The situation may get even worse if the Biden administration follows through with its plan to repeal Title 42. Last Wednesday, in reaction to President Joe Biden’s decision to terminate Title 42, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that his state would start busing illegal immigrants detained in Texas to Washington, DC. “With the Biden White House ending Title 42 expulsions in May, Texas will be taking its own actions this month to do what no other state in America has ever done before – better protect our state and nation,” said Governor Abbott.