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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Chicago’s mayor he’ll continue to bus migrants out of Texas ‘until Biden secures the border’

Greg AbbottGovernor Greg Abbott speaks at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018.

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  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a letter he’d continue bussing migrants out of Texas to sanctuary cities.
  • The letter came after Chicago’s mayor pleaded with him to stop sending migrants to the midwestern city.
  • A COVID-era policy that’s been used to expel more than 2 million migrants expires soon.

In a letter on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot he’d continue to bus migrants out of Texas “until Biden secures the border.” 

The correspondence came after Lightfoot sent Abbott a letter on Sunday, pleading with him not to send more migrants to Chicago and to “stop this inhumane and dangerous action.”

Lightfoot wrote that since Abbott began bussing migrants to Chicago, a pattern emerged. Nearly all of the migrants, she wrote, were “in dire need of food, water, and clothing and many needed extensive medical care.”

“Some of the individuals you placed on buses were women in active labor, and some were victims of sexual assault,” Lightfoot said. “None of these urgent needs were addressed in Texas. Instead, these individuals were packed onto buses and shipped across the country like freight without regard to their personal circumstances.”

She added that the city’s shelters were simply at capacity and couldn’t safely house any more bused migrants. The city’s begun housing migrants in unusual locations, such as police departments and formerly-closed school buildings, per NBC Chicago.

In his response to Lightfoot, Abbott told Lightfoot she “must call on the Biden Administration to do its job” and stop migrants from illegally crossing into the country. He said it was “ironic” to hear that Chicago’s struggled to accommodate the thousands of immigrants it sent to the metropolitan city, which he said is a “fraction” of what towns and cities across Texas “deal with” regularly. 

Abbott said in his letter that the federal government estimated the state could see up to 13,000 immigrants illegally cross the US-Mexico border each day once the federal Title 42 COVID-era migrant ban expires next week. Since being invoked in 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million migrants have been expelled from the country under the policy.

“If Chicago can’t deal with 8,000 in less than a year, how are small Texas border communities supposed to manage 13,000 in just one day?” Abbott wrote.

Expecting more migrants to be bussed to the city, Lightfoot has already requested federal funding from the White House, according to NBC News. In her letter to Abbott, struck back and noted that she’ll request the federal government withhold all FEMA funds from Texas if the buses of migrants continue arriving in Chicago.

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