Gov. Abbott Adds Chicago To List Of Cities Receiving Migrant-Filled Buses

In response to the unabated flow of undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into his state, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been loading buses with migrants and sending them to the Democratic enclaves of New York City and Washington, D.C.

His efforts have resonated among many conservatives in Texas and beyond who are frustrated with the Biden administration’s lax immigration policy, though Democratic leaders have complained about the influx of migrants into their communities.

This week, Abbott announced a third city — Chicago, Illinois — as another destination for migrants who end up in his state. As of Wednesday evening, at least one bus had already been sent to Union Station in Chicago, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

“In addition to Washington, D.C., and New York City, Chicago will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy as part of the governor’s response to President [Joe] Biden’s open border policies overwhelming border communities in Texas,” the statement explained.

Abbott went on to denounce Biden’s “inaction at our southern border” as a dangerous policy that has put the lives of Americans at risk. He defended his decision to send migrants to Chicago by referencing previous statements by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

He noted that the Chicago mayor “loves to tout the responsibility of her city to welcome all regardless of legal status,” expressing a desire to see “this responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources from a sanctuary city and with the capacity to serve them.”

As for Lightfoot’s office, a spokesperson affirmed that “Chicago is a welcoming city and as such has collaborated across various departments and agencies to ensure we greeted them with dignity and respect.”

Ryan Johnson noted that roughly 60 migrants had already arrived in the Windy City from Texas.

“We understand that many are fleeing violent, traumatic, or otherwise unstable environments,” he said. “We will respond with essential services while these individuals navigate the next steps of their journey and our community partners have been working diligently to provide a safety net.”

Meanwhile, officials in New York City have acknowledged that their efforts to house and care for the migrants who have arrived in recent weeks has been woefully insufficient.

In her response to Abbott’s latest effort, Lightfoot accused the governor of acting “without any shame or humanity,” characterizing his plan as “racist.”