By Ted Hasson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The state of Texas despatched a bunch of about 60 newly arrived immigrants to Chicago on Wednesday, as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott expanded his effort handy over border crossings to his Democratic political opponents.
Texas has despatched greater than 7,000 immigrants to Washington, D.C. and New York Metropolis since April, spending about $13 million on the initiative as of Aug. 8, in line with state knowledge obtained by means of a Freedom of Data Act request.
Abbott, who’s working for a 3rd time period in November’s midterm elections, says the buses are wanted as a result of Democratic President Joe Biden has did not safe the border with Mexico. The US Border Patrol made a document 1.8 million immigration apprehensions on the Southwest border from October 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022.
Abbott on Wednesday night time referred to as out Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, for her metropolis’s “sanctuary” regulation to restrict cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.
“Mayor Lightfoot is keen about upholding her metropolis’s duty to welcome everybody no matter authorized standing,” Abbott stated in a press release. “I sit up for seeing this duty in motion.”
After Abbott’s announcement, Lightfoot spokesman Ryan Johnson confirmed on Twitter that about 5 dozen immigrants had been moved from Texas to Chicago.
“Chicago is a welcoming metropolis and as such has collaborated throughout numerous departments and companies to make sure that we welcome them with dignity and respect,” he stated.
Since Abbott launched the busing effort, Democratic mayors in Washington and New York Metropolis have referred to as for federal assist. Newly arrived immigrants in Washington have struggled to acquire everlasting residency and medical care, Reuters reported final week.
The White Home has stated that Abbott’s efforts and an identical push by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, one other Republican, are sowing chaos and utilizing immigrants as political pawns. However this previous week, the Democrat-led metropolis of El Paso, Texas, additionally despatched a bus carrying immigrants to New York Metropolis and plans to ship one to Chicago, in line with information stories.
(Reporting by Ted Hessen in Washington; Enhancing by Mika Rosenberg, Robert Birsell)