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In yet another instance of the Biden Administration shipping illegal migrants across the country, Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) announced that the White House is busing migrants to the great state of Tennessee.

“Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn) demanded the White House and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reverse their plan to release an unspecified number of single adult migrants into Tennessee due to continued inaction to secure the Southern border,” the governor’s office said in a press release.

The White House notified the governor’s office on Monday afternoon that they would be transporting “multiple busloads” of single adults from ICE facilities in New Orleans to Tennessee, as reported by The Daily Wire.

“We’ve been informed by ICE that they plan to release single adult detainees into Tennessee while they await court proceedings,” the governor explained. “This is irresponsible and a threat to the safety of Tennesseans. Furthermore, we already have a national security crisis at our border, and the Biden administration’s attempt to revoke Title 42 will only incentivize more illegal crossings.”

“It’s not compassionate to perpetuate a problem that leads to more exploitation and trafficking. 7,000 people unlawfully enter our country every day,” he continued, referencing the estimated amount of illegal migrants waiting to enter the country when Title 42 ends. “This crisis is too big to ignore, and the only way to stop it is to secure the border.”

“Placing the burden on states is not a solution, and we should not bear the brunt of the federal government’s failures,” Gov. Lee emphasized. “We are demanding the Biden administration reverse their plan for detainee relocation. In the meantime, we’re also discussing options with the Tennessee Attorney General and our federal delegation.”

Other prominent Tennessee politicians blasted the Biden Administration as well including Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “Joe Biden’s border crisis has made one thing abundantly clear — every town is a border town and every state is a border state. The Biden Administration is trafficking illegal immigrants into communities across the country, including here in Tennessee.”

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) shared a similar sentiment, but focused more on the drug crisis that is caused by an open border: “[An unsecured border] has brought heartbreaking consequences to communities throughout America in the form of increased drug overdoses. It has strained resources for hospitals, schools, and local communities.”


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“It has also jeopardized our national security—with border crossers arriving from more than 160 different nations, a number of whom are on terrorist watch lists,” Sen. Hagerty emphasized in his statement. “In the last year, nearly three million migrants have illegally entered the country—a population larger than the largest four cities of Tennessee combined—Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. This does not even include the number of ‘gotaway’ migrants who illegally crossed into our country undetected.”

With the Biden White House attempting to end Title 42, the problems brought by unchecked immigration will only get worse for communities across the country. Gov. Lee is not alone in feeling the devastating consequences of unchecked migration.

Last week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) called on the federal government to take increased action in handling the influx of migrants coming into the city.

“This can’t continue. With the expiration of Title 42 just days away, we need the federal government — both in the administration and in Congress — to share their plans to move asylum seekers to other cities, to allow asylum seekers to work, and to send aid to the cities that have borne the brunt of this crisis,” Mayor Adams released in a statement Sunday. “We need our partners in the state to acknowledge they too have a responsibility here, and to provide the resources we’ve asked.”

“We need advocates that speak on behalf of the most vulnerable to step up and press the state and federal government to act,” he pleaded, adding that “we need New Yorkers to understand that, so far, they have been asked to shoulder this burden almost entirely alone, despite the fact that this challenge originated far beyond our city’s borders.”

“Our shelter system is full, and we are nearly out of money, staff, and space. Truth be told, if corrective measures are not taken soon, we may very well be forced to cut or curtail programs New Yorkers rely on, and the pathway to house thousands more is uncertain,” the statement explained, concluding that these “are not choices we want to make, but they may become necessary, and I refuse to be forced to choose new arrivals over current New Yorkers. I’ll say it again — we need a plan, we need assistance, and we need it now.”

President Biden needs to take responsibility for his inaction and finally put forth a plan to secure the southern border. Americans will be affected in every community across the country as millions of migrants take advantage of an open border. If the chief executive won’t act, it’s time for legislators to stop dragging their feet and force the president to take action.

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