Texas has bused more than 50,000 migrants from the border to major U.S. cities and the effort is ramping up, Axios reports. The state-sponsored initiative has accelerated the movement of migrants and asylum seekers north, strained destination cities' shelter resources and prompted their Democratic leaders to increase pressure on President Biden to help. Last week Biden made major immigration policy announcements including new border wall construction and resumed deportations to Venezuela. Texas, the state with the most consistent busing program, has sent more than 1,130 buses north since April 2022, according to Gov. Greg Abbott's office. He blames Biden for the influx of migrants at the border. "It's a crisis. It's chaotic and it must stop," he said during a recent trip to New York. Until Biden secures the border, he said, "Texas is going to continue to use every tool that we can to secure the border the best that we can."
Arizona has also used state funds to move more than 15,000 migrants and asylum seekers within the state or to other states this year alone. Thousands of migrants in Chicago — many of whom were bused from Texas — are waiting for a spot in one of the city's overcrowded shelters. Last week, as many as 14 buses arrived in a single day, according to city officials. Denver has been forced to cut the time some are allowed to stay in shelters due to the increased pace of arrivals, and school teachers are juggling an influx of English language learners New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently traveled to Latin America to discourage migrants from going to New York. Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced he and his team plan to visit the border and talk about the city's challenges and "the forecasting of a brutal winter." New York City has received more migrants from the Texas state-sponsored busing program than any other city, with more than 18,500 arriving on over 390 buses since August 2022. Chicago comes in second, with over 13,500 migrants on 290 buses.