There was a bus of migrants arriving in Philadelphia early Wednesday morning as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's controversial program to ship migrants from the southern border to northern Democrat-led cities.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a bus of people from the southern border to Philadelphia.

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There was a bus arriving shortly after 6 a.m. The 30th Street Station is located from Del Rio, Texas.

The Associated Press reported that Helen Gym, a member of the Philadelphia City Council, said she believed there were 28 migrants on the bus, including a 10-year-old girl who was suffering from dehydration and a high temperature.

Following the relocation of thousands of migrants to Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C., Abbott announced on Tuesday that Philadelphia would be the next destination.

Abbott criticized the president's "open border policies" that are "overwhelming border communities in Texas" and pledged to continue sending migrants north until the Biden administration does its job.

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The Mayor of Philadelphia said that it was disgusting that Gov. Abbott's administration continued to use immigrant families as political pawns.

The program has provided much-needed relief to communities along the U.S.- Mexico border that have been overwhelmed by the historic influx of migrants caused by Biden's policies, according to Abbott. Abbott objected to the goal of lifting the Covid-era Title 42, a policy implemented by former President Donald Trump that swiftly deported undocumented migrants and kept them from seeking asylum based on Covid-19 related public health protocols. A federal judge in Louisiana stopped Biden from stopping the policy. The policy has been used more than 2 million times by federal immigration officials.

News Peg

A judge in Washington D.C. blocked the federal government from using Title 42, the policy that denies asylum to migrants, because it was found to be unconstitutional. The policy has suspended the procedural and substantive rights of noncitizens, according to the ruling. CNN reported that the Biden administration requested a stay on the ruling.

Big Number

A total of 13,200 people. Since April, Abbott has sent migrants on buses to Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.

Key Background

Following up with Chicago and New York City, Abbott directed the state Division of Emergency Management to charter buses from Texas to Washington D.C. That initiative was followed up by a similar one by Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, as well as a program by Florida Gov. In September, one of the buses carrying migrants arrived at the home of Vice President Harris. The Washington Post reported that the mayor of Washington D.C. asked for help from the National Guard in July due to a "humanitarian crisis" caused by the busing program. New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency and ordered city officials to open more shelters for asylum seekers. The relocation programs from Republican governors come after Sen. Ted Cruz introduced another bill to establish Democratic-led cities and resort towns as new ports of entry. The bill faced a lot of opposition.


Despite the Abbott pushback, he was still able to win reelection for a third term as Texas governor.

The mayor of NYC declared a state of emergency.

A sick child is in Philadelphia.

The White House calls the first migrant bus a publicity stunt.