Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sends migrant buses to Chicago

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday night that buses from the state of Lonestar will bring immigrants to Chicago in the latest iteration of his controversial bus program.

The first busload of immigrants arrived at Chicago’s Union Station Wednesday night as the Windy City becomes the third destination city for asylum-seeking immigrants brought in on buses from Del Rio, Texas, Abbott’s office said.

He has already sent migrants to Chicago, Washington, DC and New York City.

“To continue to provide much-needed assistance to our small, overcrowded border towns, Chicago will join other safe haven cities of Washington, DC and New York City as an additional delivery location,” Abbott said.

“Mayor Lightfoot likes to draw attention to her city’s responsibility to welcome all, regardless of legal status, and I look forward to seeing that responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources from a safe haven city that is able to to serve them.”

In April, Abbott began busing immigrants from the border into Washington, DC. In June, immigrants arrived in New York City.

Migrants wait outside in Chicago after being picked up by bus from Texas under Governor Greg Abbott.
Migrants wait outside in Chicago after being picked up by bus from Texas under Governor Greg Abbott.
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Abbott has previously sent migrants to DC and New York City.
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Abbott’s bus program, which uses both taxpayer money and private donations, has so far brought a prize of $12 million, or about $1,300 per immigrant, to the East Coast.

The immigrants who are part of Abbott’s program are not illegal immigrants. They have completed the first stage of the asylum procedure and received a residence permit while the federal government decides whether they are entitled to asylum or not.

The Post traveled to the US-Mexico border to witness firsthand how asylum seekers from countries like Venezuela and Cuba board buses in Del Rio, Texas, after being screened by federal immigration officials.

Buses take passengers to Union Station
The first busload of immigrants arrived at Chicago’s Union Station on Wednesday.
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The governor’s office has claimed that the bus program is voluntary and that immigrants can get off the bus at any time, but immigrants boarded a bus from Texas to the Big Apple called 911 after saying they weren’t allowed to get off the bus in Tennessee .

The Post received the 911 recording in which immigrants told authorities they were being “held against their will.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/01/texas-gov-greg-abbott-sends-migrant-buses-to-chicago/ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sends migrant buses to Chicago

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