In response to the border crisis that has engulfed Texan towns, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) claimed Wednesday that his government bussed the first batch of migrants to Chicago.
In addition to New York City and Washington, D.C., Abbott said he would also put Chicago on the list of drop-off places. He said it would provide “much-needed relief” to the state’s border communities that had been swamped by a tremendous flood of migrants streaming over the southern border.
According to a news statement from Abbott, “President Biden’s inactivity at the southern border is overwhelming our cities and continuing to put the lives of Texans and Americans in danger.”
The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, “loves to highlight the obligation of her city to welcome anyone regardless of legal status,” says Abbott, “I am eager to see how the sanctuary city services in Chicago treat the migrants.”
Chicago is a welcoming city, and as such, several departments and organizations worked together to make certain we welcomed them with respect and dignity, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. “We are doing all we can as a city to make sure that these immigrants and their families have a place to live, food to eat, and most importantly, protection.”
“Chicago welcomes hundreds of migrants every year,” according to the statement.
“Unfortunately, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lacks the compassion,” the statement said. “We have been working alongside our community partners to have the city ready to absorb these people ever since he instituted these discriminatory expulsion tactics.”
According to a state government spreadsheet acquired by CNN via a Freedom of Information Act request, Texas has spent more than $12 million since April on charter services provided by Wynne Transportation, which has bused migrants to Washington and New York City.
“The program will probably require taxpayers to foot a portion of the cost,” Abbott said during a press conference in April.
The governor at the time reportedly remarked, “Because Joe Biden isn’t guarding the border, the state of Texas is being forced to step up and spend Texas public money doing federal government duties.”
By the beginning of August, Texas government authorities had bussed more than 6,500 migrants to New York and Washington, D.C. Around 1,000 migrants have also been bused out of Arizona and into other states.
In April, Governor Abbott said that if Biden ended Title 42 expulsions, the outcome would soon be up to 18,000 immigration arrests daily.
Authorities came into contact with illegal immigrants more than 2,200,000 times during the fiscal year 2022, according to a report released earlier this month by US Customs and Border Protection.
Under Biden’s leadership, almost 4.9 million illegal immigrants are said to have entered the country, “including around 900,000 ‘gotaways’ who avoided capture and have since vanished into American neighborhoods,” according to a recent report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
In order to put it into perspective, Dan Stein, the president of FAIR, likened it to the immigration of the whole population of Ireland to America.
In a news statement, Stein said that “during President Biden’s first 18 months in office, almost the equivalent of all of Ireland’s population has entered the United States illegally, with many being released into American neighborhoods.”