Texas Helps More Than 105,000 of Biden’s ‘Newcomers’ Migrate to Sanctuary Cities

Craig Bannister | March 14, 2024
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“Texas has transported over 105,000 migrants to sanctuary cities,” Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, promising that “Until [President] Biden does his job to secure the border, Texas will continue to hold the line.”

The illegal aliens, or “newcomers,” as Biden now calls them, were transported under Gov. Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, a program designed to secure Texas’ border from the onslaught of illegal immigration caused by the Biden Administration’s open-border policies.

Since its inception in 2021, Biden’s first year in office, the operation has been sending illegal newcomers overwhelming his state to self-designated “sanctuary” cities claiming to want them.

In a social media post on Tuesday, Gov. Abbott reported the number of aliens Texas has helped migrate to six prominent sanctuary cities:

  • Over 12,500 to D.C.
  • Over 39,300 to New York City
  • Over 32,300 to Chicago
  • Over 3,400 to Philadelphia
  • Over 16,700 to Denver
  • Over 1,500 to Los Angeles


Last Wednesday, in a press release marking the third anniversary of the project, Gov. Abbott noted that Operation Lone Star has resulted in the arrest of more than a half-million illegal aliens:

  • More than 503,800 illegal immigrant apprehensions.
  • More than 40,400 criminal arrests.
  • More than 36,100 felony charges.
  • More than 469 million lethal doses of fentanyl seized.


“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Gov. Abbott said:

“Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.”

Migrants Migrated to Santuary Cities
Migrants migrated to sanctuary cities by Operation Lone Star.

Pres. Biden’s reference to illegal aliens as “newcomers” – instead of his traditional “undocumented migrants” euphemism – caught the media’s attention on January 29, when the White House released a “fact sheet” calling for $1.4 billion to better serve people who have broken into the country:

“The bill also includes $1.4 billion for cities and states who are providing critical services to newcomers, and would expedite work permits for people who are in the country and qualify.”

Biden used the term again, on February 4, in another “fact sheet” calling for Congress to pass the stalled border bill. In it, Biden says he wants funding to provide “Shelter and critical services for newcomers in our cities and states.”