300th bus of migrant asylum seekers arrives in Chicago from Texas border – NBC Chicago

It’s been more than 10 weeks since the first bus of migrant asylum seekers arrived in Chicago from the Texas border, and the steady stream of arrivals has yet to slow.

Since the first bus arrived in Chicago on August 31, the city has accepted 3,684 migrants from the Texas border.

Busing migrants is part of a controversial policy by Texas Governor Greg Abbott known as “Operation Lone Star”, which has also sent migrants to New York and Washington, DC.

Additionally, Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, airlifted migrant asylum seekers arriving in Florida to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, an island known as a summer vacation spot.

According to Abbott, the latest bus is the 300th bus to arrive in Chicago since late August.

City officials say many children and infants are among those seeking refuge in the United States, many of whom have traveled through multiple countries en route to Texas.

“Illinois is a welcoming state. We are committed to helping every family and individual, providing humane services with respect and dignity. We expect more arrivals to be welcomed and the city will continue to provide updates. daily updates on these arrivals,” city spokesman Joseph Dutra said. said.

Dutra added that upon arrival, migrants receive immediate shelter and support with thorough case management and links to city and community services and agencies.

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about politics, how Chicago is involved, and more.

What is the policy and when did it start?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott launched the ‘disembarkation’ policy in April this year, when he sent a busload of asylum seekers to Washington, D.C. to protest President Joe Biden’s immigration policies .

The operation stemmed from Abbott’s criticism of the Biden administration’s attempts to lift a Title 42 order that had allowed the United States to deny asylum seekers entry into the country during the COVID pandemic.

Where were the buses sent?

In addition to buses sent to Washington, DC in the spring, Abbott then sent migrant buses to New York in early August and sent the first bus to Chicago on August 31.

“President Biden’s inaction on our southern border continues to put the lives of Texans — and Americans — at risk and overwhelm our communities,” Abbott said in a statement at the time.

Abbott chose the destinations because of their status as “sanctuary cities,” which include policies prohibiting authorities from asking residents about their immigration status while refraining from disclosing information to federal authorities.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has sent asylum-seeking migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, marking the fourth location where asylum-seeking migrants arriving in the United States have been sent .

Under Chicago’s “Welcoming City Ordinance,” officials will not ask about immigration status, nor will they release such information to federal authorities. Services will not be denied based on immigration status, according to a document released by the city.

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