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Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to bus migrants to Washington, D.C., will be voluntary

Abbott said he’s responding to the Biden administration announcement that it will lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that allowed immigration authorities to turn away migrants at the border, even those seeking asylum.

Asylum seekers disembark a bus in front of the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen on Aug. 1, 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference discussing the state response to Title 42 being lifted in Weslaco on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

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