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Amid Border Surge, Biden Admin to Transport Migrants to Cities Deeper Inside U.S., Starting With L.A., Say Internal Documents

usatoday.com
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The Department of Homeland Security plans to transport asylum seekers from the southern border into cities deeper in the United States as they await processing, according to internal documents obtained by NBC News.

In an effort to reduce crowding at the border, DHS’s Southwest Border Coordination Center would pay for transport to keep migrants moving into U.S. shelters in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque, which were mentioned as some of the possible destinations.

A DHS spokesperson indicated that the decision to move the migrants into cities was not final. 

“Should a decision be made, DHS will continue to closely coordinate with and support cities and NGOs to facilitate the movement of any individual encountered at the Southwest border who is placed into removal proceedings pending the next steps in their immigration proceedings,” the spokesperson said.

Local shelters in border towns and religious and non-governmental organizations intended to host asylum seekers have often been overwhelmed by the press of hopeful immigrants apprehended at the border. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced in April that he had directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to transport migrants by the busload straight to Washington, D.C., in order to make them the federal government’s problem. Their destination was the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Abbott said the alternative was releasing the migrants into small Texas communities that soon became overrun.

In a nod to the Texas governor’s practice, DHS employees are jokingly referring to their plan to move migrants into big U.S. cities as ‘the Abbott plan.’

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