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Texas Gov. Abbott Orders Asylum Seekers Bused from U.S.-Mexico Border to Chicago

HeadlineSep 01, 2022

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said Wednesday he had sent a charter bus full of immigrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to Chicago, Illinois. Sixty of the migrants arrived at Chicago’s Union Station Wednesday evening, in the latest move by Abbott to forcibly relocate asylum seekers to so-called liberal cities. In recent weeks, thousands of others have been forced to board buses to Washington, D.C., and New York City. A spokesperson for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The Texas Tribune, “Texas Governor Greg Abbott is without any shame or humanity. But ever since he put these racist practices of expulsion in place, we have been working with our community partners to ready the city to receive these individuals.” New government figures show Texas has spent more than $12 million busing asylum seekers out of state; meanwhile, CNN reports that Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey has spent about $3.5 million on a similar program.

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