Chicago Mayor: Abbott Is ‘Attacking’ The U.S.
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson is claiming that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been “attacking” the United States through his actions of sending migrants into Texas to Democrat-controlled states and sanctuary cities.
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While the tactic, also employed by some other Republican governors like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has worked so far and led to some Democratic leaders realizing the extent of the immigrant crisis, Johnson is insisting that it is a chaotic move.
“We have a governor – a governor – an elected official in the state of Texas, that is placing families on buses without shoes, cold, wet, tired, hungry, afraid, traumatized,” he said while speaking at a press conference for the opening of Chicago’s new Community Reentry Support Center.
“And then they come to the city of Chicago where we have homelessness, we have mental health clinics that have been shut down and closed, you have people who are seeking employment,” he added.
Johnson went on to say that Abbott needs to “take a look in the mirror of the chaos that he is causing for this country.”
“This is not just a Chicago dynamic, he is attacking our country,” he stated.
Johnson’s complaint is in reaction to efforts by Republican governors in border states to show the rest of the country the graveness of the issue at the border. These governors have sent buses of asylum seekers to Democrat-controlled states and sanctuary cities in order to reduce the burden on their states.
While the redistribution has been effective and led to some Democratic leaders’ calling for a solution to the crisis and holding the Biden administration to account, the move has largely been met with resistance in the city of Chicago.
So far, the city has filed more than 50 lawsuits in order to hold bus companies accountable for bringing illegal immigrants into what officials claim is already overburdened. In response to the pushback and to avoid penalties, the bus companies have adopted the strategy of dropping the migrants in secret locations.
This way, the buses can avoid the penalty for unloading migrant passengers outside of designated hours and locations.