Gov. Abbott unveils new plan to deal with influx of migrants

EL PASO, Texas – In a news conference Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott said counties need to prepare for an influx of migrants coming to Texas.

Abbott spoke to the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition in El Paso. His visit comes less than a week after announcing new actions to strengthen border security.

Abbott said he plans to offer migrants who arrive at the Texas-Mexico border transportation to Washington, D.C.

He also called for state troopers to inspect commercial vehicles crossing the border, which has since caused extensive delays.

His actions are in response to an announcement from the Biden administration- that Title 42 will end next month.

It was a pandemic-era emergency health order that had allowed immigration authorities to turn away migrants at the border, even those seeking asylum. KPRC 2 talked to local groups that have called for an end to Title 42. They believe there will not be an increase in migrants at the border.

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