Southern border cities are receiving federal money from the Biden Administration to cover the costs of busing migrants to sanctuary cities.
El Paso, Texas, and non-profit organizations have been reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for costs relating to the transportation of Venezuelan migrants to New York City via two buses in the last week.
The news was revealed by Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino to a local news outlet that the El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) had “sponsored and provided transportation services for migrants out of El Paso, which is reimbursable through FEMA.”
D’Agostino, also revealed that those on the charter buses provided by OEM wanted their destination to be New York City but didn’t have “any means to travel.”
The decision to bus migrant workers out of El Paso is significant since its mayor, Oscar Leeser is a Democrat, and its Congresswoman, Rep. Veronica Escobar, is a progressive Democrat. Escobar had been a vocal opponent of Trump’s border policies.
Despite being a blue city, El Paso seems to be taking the lead of Republican-governed states in its migrant busing operation. These states had paid for migrants to be transported from border towns under immense pressure from illegal migrants to sanctuary cities like New York City and Washington, D.C.
Democrats in both New York City and Washington, D.C., have condemned Republican-led efforts to bus migrants to their cities but are yet to weigh in on El Paso’s decision to do the same.