Texas Begins Flights to Immigrant Sanctuary Cities with First Flight to Chicago

According to Fox News, the state of Texas has begun transporting migrants to sanctuary cities. The first aircraft arrived in Chicago on Tuesday night, signaling a change in Gov. Greg Abbott’s prior tactic of busing migrants to lessen the burden on the border state.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott escalates border fight by chartering migrant flight to Chicago1

As reported by Fox, the first flight carried 120 migrants when it departed El Paso on Tuesday afternoon and landed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport later that day. Abbott’s office sources informed Fox that all migrants signed releases voluntarily, just like they do when they are bussed. The buses heading to the sanctuary city were interfering with Chicago’s operations, which prompted the decision in part. Lawsuits have been filed by the city against the migrant-carrying businesses.

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Abbott’s action is a continuation of his policy that he started busing migrants to Washington, D.C., in April 2022, and then extended to other cities that have “sanctuary” laws, which prohibit or restrict cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

This week, Abbott’s administration said that the state has transported over 82,900 migrants by bus to places like New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Abbott has declared that the initiative gives border towns “vital relief” and that he will continue it “until Biden secures the border.”

Critics :

The mayors of New York and Chicago in particular chastised Abbott for the buses, accusing him of pulling off an “illegal” political stunt. Abbott was accused by Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson this week of inciting unrest around the nation.

” The problem is not just how we handle in the city of Chicago,” Johnson said. The issue is that families are being transported to Chicago, where there is homelessness and closed mental health clinics, by a governor and other elected officials from the state of Texas who are packing them onto buses without shoes, leaving them cold, wet, exhausted, hungry, scared, and traumatized. Folks are looking for work. Given the turmoil he’s bringing about for the citizens of our nation, Texas’s governor ought to glance in the mirror.” In the meanwhile, there are still a great deal of interactions with migrants and turmoil at the border itself. This week, a single day that saw almost 12,600 contacts shattered the daily record for encounters.