Border Crisis

FIRST BUSES TO SECOND CITY: Abbott Expands, Drops Migrants in Chicago

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.01.22

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has added a new stop on his migrant bus route.

According to a report from Fox News, two buses carrying migrants from the southern border have arrived in Chicago —the first instance of Texas Governor Greg Abbott dropping migrants in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.

An estimated 80 to 100 people were on the buses, including 20 to 30 small children. Many of the migrants said they were from Venezuela, Fox reports.

Chicago joins New York and D.C. as possible Dem-run destinations for southern border buses.

Abbott released a statement to Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot.

“President Biden’s inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans—and Americans—at risk and is overwhelming our communities,” Abbott said. “To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun border towns, Chicago will join fellow sanctuary cities Washington, D.C. and New York City as an additional drop-off location. Mayor Lightfoot loves to tout the responsibility of her city to welcome all regardless of legal status, and I look forward to seeing this responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources from a sanctuary city with the capacity to serve them.”

Lightfoot’s office replied, saying Abbott is “without shame or humanity.”

“As a city, we are doing everything we can to ensure these immigrants and their families can receive shelter, food, and most importantly protection. This is not new; Chicago welcomes hundreds of migrants every year to our city and provides much-needed assistance,” a spokesperson for Lightfoot’s office said. “Unfortunately, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is without any shame or humanity. But ever since he put these racist practices of expulsion in place, we have been working with our community partners to ready the city to receive these individuals.”

Fox News border correspondent Bill Melugin shared the story on Twitter.

“BREAKING: Two migrant buses from TX just arrived in Chicago, a sanctuary city, for the very first time. Some of the men flashed a thumbs up to our @FoxNews cameras & also thanked President Biden. Chicago now added to Gov. Abbott’s bus list w/ D.C. & NYC.”

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