Migration

75 migrants transported by bus from Texas arrive in Chicago

Seventy-five immigrants bused from Texas by Governor Greg Abbott have arrived in Chicago, the latest chapter in the bitter political battle over President Joe Biden’s administration’s immigration policy.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office confirmed the group arrived Wednesday night and said the city welcomes them. Immigrants are being bussed in from Texas as part of a strategy Abbott launched this year to share the influx of people from outside the United States with liberal cities. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has also adopted this policy.

“Chicago is a welcoming city and as such has worked with various departments and agencies to ensure that we welcome them with dignity and respect,” Ryan Johnson, a representative for Lightfoot, said in a tweet after the migrants began arriving at Union Station.

Authorities did not specify the immigrants’ country of origin or say when they arrived in the United States.

“As a city, we are doing everything we can to ensure that these immigrants and their families can receive shelter, food, and most importantly, protection,” Johnson said in the statement. “Sadly, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is shameless and unhumane. But since he instituted these racist eviction practices, we have been working with our community partners to prepare the city to welcome these individuals.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker offered support for the new arrivals.

“Illinois welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and we work with federal and city officials to ensure these individuals are treated with respect and safety as they seek to connect with family and friends. “, Pritzker said on Twitter.

The Democratic governor also drew on his family history in his welcome message.

“My great-grandfather came to this country as an immigrant fleeing Ukraine in 1881. Immigrants like my family seeking freedom and opportunity built this country,” he tweeted.

Abbott has now bussed immigrants to Chicago, New York and Washington, DC — all three cities have Democratic mayors. He confirmed in a statement that the “first group” had been bussed to Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

And he suggested more would arrive, saying in his statement that Chicago has become a drop-off location as a solution to what he called Biden’s ‘open border policies crushing border communities in Texas’. .

Abbott has been waging this battle for months, and the mayors of New York and Washington have asked the Biden administration for help in dealing with what they describe as a wave of asylum-seeking migrants arriving from border states.

Earlier in the year, Abbott announced that state troopers would stop and inspect commercial vehicles crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a move he said would “significantly slow down” vehicle traffic. near US ports of entry. He later relaxed this plan after the massive border traffic jam started to take an economic toll.