Abbott: Expect More Foreign Nationals to be Bused to Chicago from Texas


Migrants Bused to Chicago from Texas | Image by CNN

(The Center Square) – Expect more foreign nationals to be bused from Texas to Chicago as the city’s “sanctuary” status is being used by Texas’ governor to highlight the nation’s porous border with Mexico.

Chicago is now on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s list of bus stops for undocumented foreign nationals after flooding into the Lone Star State.

Since April, Abbott has been sending buses of migrants to cities with lax positions on enforcing immigration. He said officials from Washington D.C. and New York City, where he’s already sent buses of around 10,000 migrants, have complained, despite being self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities.”

“It shows that they are dealing with a trickle of what we are dealing with every single day and are incapable of handling it,” Abbott recently told a crowd in audio, KRDL News in Texas reported.

Last month, the Federation For American Immigration Reform reported 4.9 million people have crossed the border illegally since Biden took office in 2021.

Abbott talked about his strategy to highlight the flood of foreign nationals entering his state illegally and inundating local border communities with thousands of people.

“Well, I’ve got news for New York, I’ve got news for Washington D.C., as well as the rest of the country, we are not done yet,” Abbott said. “There are more cities on our list and we will keep those buses going.”

Wednesday night, around 60 migrants that crossed the border illegally into Texas arrived in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said they’re directing public and private resources where they can. But, Lightfoot criticized Abbott for the move.

“Shame on him. He brings a stain on our nation,” Lightfoot told CBS Chicago. “This absolutely can not continue. We’ve got to rally together at this time, help these people that are in need. We shouldn’t be in this situation where families are thrown on buses.”

Chicago is ready and prepared, Lightfoot said.

“We will make sure that none of these folks will be left in the lurch,” Lightfoot said. “There’s got to be a better way.”

Abbott has pleaded with the Biden administration to close the border. In the absence of that, Texas resources are going to patrol, arrest and process violators, and even build a wall along the border.

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said Illinois will remain a welcoming state and highlighted the state’s Trust Act from 2017 that prohibits local law enforcement from working with federal immigration enforcement officers dealing with immigration detainment orders.

“What Texas Governor Greg Abbot is doing is abhorrent,” Welch said in a statement. “Using men, women, and children seeking asylum as political pawns is inhumane. While he’s wasting $12 million taxpayer dollars on these stunts, Illinois will be working with state and federal officials to ensure these new Americans find opportunity, peace, and a new home in Illinois.”

If you enjoyed this article, please support us today!

Formed in 2021, we provide fact-based, non-partisan news. The Dallas Express is a non-profit organization funded by charitable support and advertising.

Please join us on the important journey to make Dallas a better place!

We welcome and appreciate comments on The Dallas Express as part of a healthy dialogue. We do ask that you be kind. Kind to each other and to everyone else in your comments. For more information, please refer to our Complete Comment Moderation Policy.

Subscribe to Comments
Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alan W
Alan W
5 months ago

If Illinois is such a friendly, welcoming state, then how come Lightfoot and Welch are moaning and complaining? Keep spreading the love, Governor Abbot!!

Reply to  Alan W
5 months ago

Send the Federal Funds with the migrants too! Don’t put the money in your campaign coffers!

Rob G
Rob G
5 months ago

Mayors and governors complaining to Governor Abbott should be complaining to their president. That’s Abbott point, to demonstrate the burden Biden’s (lack of a) border policy is putting on Texas. Let ’em have their 10,000 while Texas tries to deal with 4.9 million

5 months ago

Why doesn’t Texas take some of the $27 billion that they have in their rainy day general fund and build a wall at the Texas border?

5 months ago

“foreign nationals”? “migrants”? C’mon people! Quit using woke redefinitions. They are defined in the U.S. Code as “illegal aliens” because that is what they are: individuals who are alien to this country and are here illegally.

Last edited 5 months ago by RiverKing