Chicago was greeted by its first two busloads of illegal immigrants from the southern border on Wednesday night, a move Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says will provide relief to border communities that can't sustain the influx in border crossings.
Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot considers Chicago a "sanctuary city," Texas added the stop to its list of drop-off cities, which includes D.C and New York City. Texans have struggled keeping up with illegal crossings, and with no resources, direction or solution provided from the federal government, took the situation into their own hands.
"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," the governor said in a statement.
As of Friday, Texas officials have bussed over 7,600 migrants to D.C., over 1,900 to NYC, & 95 migrants arrived in Chicago Wednesday.
Lightfoot responded to the move on Thursday, saying she's happy to take in immigrants.
Lori Lightfoot on buses of illegal migrants from Texas:— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 1, 2022
“I’m happy to take and drain Texas of all of its residents. I wouldn’t want to live in a state with a governor like that … And we’ll rent the buses next time to bring ‘em here.”pic.twitter.com/cohXXn7t7o
The work is being done under what is called Operation Lone Star, a multi-agency state effort to secure the border and apprehend illegal immigrants.
"Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border," Abbott's office wrote in an update Friday. "Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden's open border policies."
When federal policies coming from Washington force states to comply with harmful orders, such as open border policies, the states can take things into their own hands – to an extent. State power has been eroded by federal overreach that grabs ahold of issues that should be left to the people and their states.
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