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A second bus carrying immigrants from Texas arrived in Philadelphia Monday morning.

The group arrived just before 10 a.m. at the 30th Street bus station and were greeted with supplies, blankets and coats on a cold and windy day, Fox Philadelphia reported.

“We successfully assisted Texas asylum seekers last week and continue to do so today,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted. “These people are looking for a brighter, more hopeful life in America. We are proud to welcome them and provide them with the services and support they deserve.”

The arrival was the second in less than a week amid a push by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to extend care for immigrants to so-called “sanctuary cities.” As of Monday, Texas has bused nearly 8,400 immigrants to Washington, DC, more than 3,800 to New York City, more than 1,200 to Chicago and 100 to Philadelphia, Abbott said.

“Texas is doing whatever it takes to bring relief to our overwhelmed border communities,” he said Monday.

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Migrants sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott arrive near the 30th Street station Wednesday morning in Philadelphia. Abbott has sent the buses to Democratic-led cities as a way to maximize exposure about what he says is the Biden administration’s inaction on the large number of migrants crossing the southern border.
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The latest transport comes as Abbott is ramping up Operation Lone Star, its border security initiative. Last week, he directed the Texas Military Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety to use “all available strategies and tools” to respond to the “border crisis created by President Biden,” a spokesperson told Fox News Digital. .

“Since March 2021, Operation Lone Star partners have undertaken unprecedented border security efforts that include arresting human and drug smugglers and others in violation of Texas law, as well as seizing enough lethal fentanyl to kill to every man, woman and child in America,” Abbott spokeswoman Kim Carmichael said. “These actions have been necessitated by President Biden’s continued breach of duty in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws.”

“Until the federal government meets its obligation to keep Americans safe, the Texas Police and Texas Military Department will continue to identify ways to protect our communities against unprecedented illegal border crossings and transnational criminal activity,” he added.

“Unfortunately, racism and human cruelty have historically been entwined in the way immigrants are welcomed by and into this country, something the previous presidential administration openly and actively encouraged,” Kenney said, as the first bus arrived. of migrants to their city.

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In an effort to secure the border, TMD told Fox News Digital last week that it will deploy 10 M113 armored personnel carriers to the Texas-Mexico border, in addition to increasing aircraft flights and security efforts.

APCs are primarily used to transport infantry troops in combat zones.

“These actions are part of a broader strategy to use all available tools to fight the record level of illegal immigration,” the agency said. “The Texas National Guard is taking unprecedented steps to safeguard our border and to repel and push back immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally.”

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