The Texas Division of Emergency Management is leading the effort to transport the migrants from federal custody to DC. Each bus will have the capacity and supplies to transport up to 40 migrants.
The charter buses were dispatched last week to border communities in the Rio Grande Valley and Terrell County and picked up migrants who volunteered to be transported.
Usually when migrants are released from federal custody after crossing the border — having avoided expulsion — they are given paperwork allowing them to remain in the US. They are also issued an order to appear in immigration court to make their case for asylum.