May 22, 2024

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Urges Texas Governor to Halt Migrant Busing

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, pleading for a halt to the transportation of migrants to Chicago, calling the practice “dangerous and inhumane.” Texas began sending buses of migrants to Chicago and other sanctuary cities in August as a response to the influx of migrant crossings at the southern border.

In her letter, Mayor Lightfoot claimed that the city has been responsible for the care of over 8,000 individuals with limited resources since the first buses arrived from Texas. She stressed that Chicago lacks the necessary shelters and resources to address further migrant relocations to the city.

Lightfoot described the dire conditions faced by the migrants, including urgent needs for food, water, clothing, and medical care, and called for treating these individuals with the respect and dignity they deserve. She urged Governor Abbott to work together with other cities and states to find a comprehensive solution to the immigration crisis.

The Chicago mayor expressed her sympathy for the challenges faced by border towns in Texas but emphasized that the issue will not be resolved by passing on the responsibility to other cities. Lightfoot called on the federal government for more resources and support to address the influx of migrants and demanded policy changes to the U.S. immigration system.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen whether the plea will result in collaboration between the two states and the federal government to address the growing migrant crisis.

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