Texas Governor Sends First Bus To Chicago Of Foreign Nationals In U.S. Illegally

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By Bethany Blankley [The Center Square contributor] –

The first bus carrying foreign nationals who crossed the southern border illegally arrived in Chicago Wednesday as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the state’s busing strategy to a third so-called sanctuary city.

In an effort to relieve Texas and border communities from an influx of people pouring through the southern border illegally, Abbott first began busing foreign nationals in the country illegally to Washington, D.C., in April. In early August, he began busing others to New York City.

Wednesday night, the first bus arrived at Union Station in Chicago.

“President Biden’s inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans – and Americans – at risk and is overwhelming our communities,” Abbott said. “To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun border towns, Chicago will join fellow sanctuary cities Washington, D.C. and New York City as an additional drop-off location. Mayor [Lori] 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.”

With Chicago’s “Welcoming City Ordinance,” the city cannot legally deny taxpayer-funded services to individuals based on their citizenship or immigration status.

According to a report published by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), Chicago is the third most dangerous Sanctuary Community in America.

Sanctuary Communities refer to government policies that discourage law enforcement officials from complying with federal immigration law in cities, counties and states, according to the Franklin County Law Library, located in Columbus, Ohio. Such communities generally refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to detain and remove dangerous criminal aliens.

In 2020, Lightfoot signed an executive order making “illegal aliens eligible for all city benefits,” and a city ordinance prohibiting city officials “from cooperating with ICE to detain illegal aliens, even if the alien is in the city’s gang database or is facing criminal charges,” the report said. In 2019, Cook County District Attorney Kimberly Foxx also hired an advisor to shield criminal aliens from deportation.

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the report and as of Tuesday night did not issue a statement about Abbott’s busing strategy.

President Joe Biden’s “refusal to secure the border is a direct threat to our national security,” Abbott said. “Texas is stepping up to protect Americans from these dangerous criminals.”

Since Abbott launched Texas’ border security effort, Operation Lone Star, law enforcement officials have apprehended more than 297,200 people who’ve illegally entered Texas, made more than 19,000 criminal arrests, more than 16,400 felony charges and seized more than 335.5 million lethal doses of fentanyl – enough to kill nearly every adult and child in the U.S.

Texas has so far bused nearly 10,000 people from the southern border to the sanctuary cities of New York City (1,500) and Washington, D.C. (7,400).

About the Author: Bethany Blankley is a writer at the Center Square, Patheos/Hedgerow, political analyst and former press secretary at Capitol Hill / NY / WDC. Follow Bethany on Twitter @BethanyBlankley.

3 thoughts on “Texas Governor Sends First Bus To Chicago Of Foreign Nationals In U.S. Illegally

  • September 1, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Lee needs to do that here. Instead he just lets Catholic Charity and the Baptist church pick them up and then send them all over this state to do crime. Of course it doesn’t help the gov. is giving all illegals Business licenses if they want them. Now here in Jamestown some contractors hired some illegals to
    frame houses and they are so crooked the contractor didn’t care and put a roof on it any and is going to sell it to some one who has no idea what is going on till they start to have problems

    • September 2, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      Started happening here several years ago before my guy became disabled he’s a master brick and Stone Mason.. in Granger County …got to the point that every job was illegals…we need to start thinking about American first candidates and term limits.

  • September 2, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Lee is a disappointment and I’m really pissed off with what I have found out about harshbarger Fleischmann Haggerty and others who are involved with making money like Paul Pelosi this pisses me off it’s time to get American first candidates in here and get rid of these establishment politicians… Burchett is not on the insider trading list.


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