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A poll released Thursday indicates that a majority of Texas residents and more than 40% of Hispanic and Latino voters in the state support efforts from leaders in the state to bus illegal migrants to other areas of the country.
The poll also shows incumbent GOP Gov. Greg Abbott maintaining a lead with all voters over his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke.
The statewide poll from Spectrum News and Siena College — which surveyed 651 likely Texas voters — revealed that 41% of Hispanics in the state favor efforts by the state to transport illegal migrants to cities like New York and Chicago, while 44% of Hispanics oppose the process.
Overall, 52% of Texas voters said they favor the practice. Seventy percent of Democrats said they disagree with the bussing of migrants to other cities, compared to 16% of the party’s voters who said they favor it. As for Republicans, 87% said they favor the process and 10% stated they disagree with it.
The results from the survey come after Abbott and other leaders in the state orchestrated efforts this year to send numerous buses loaded with illegal migrants from Texas to other parts of the country in spite of President Biden’s handling of the crisis along the southern border. The move has sparked backlash among city leaders who have dealt with the incoming migrants, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Asked about their views of Operation Lone Star, an operation launched by Gov. Greg Abbott last year that dispatched thousands of state troopers and National Guard members with the power to arrest trespassing migrants, 45% of Hispanic voters said they strongly or somewhat support the effort. In contrast, 47% of Hispanic voters stated they somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the operation.
As for the state overall, 58% of voters who took part in the survey stated they strongly or somewhat approve of Operation Lone Star, compared to 35% who said they strongly or somewhat oppose the effort.