Illinois Governor Sounds Alarm
As temperatures in Chicago are set to plummet, Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has expressed grave concerns over the transportation of migrants to the city, calling it “life-threatening” for those arriving. Pritzker argues that the frigid conditions put the health and survival of hundreds of children and families at risk.
Border Town Relief Project
This issue arises as part of Texas Governor, Greg Abbott’s, ongoing project to alleviate overwhelmed border towns. Since mid-2022, Abbott has sent over 30,000 migrants to various cities, including Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City. However, the numbers received by these cities are a fraction of the millions that have arrived at the southern border.
Appeals for Federal Assistance
Chicago, along with other cities, has appealed to the federal government for assistance, including substantial financial aid. In response, Chicago has implemented restrictions on when and where buses can drop off migrants.
The clash between Governor Pritzker and Governor Abbott has taken on a political tone. Andrew Mahaleris, in a statement to Fox News Digital, criticized Pritzker for complaining about migrants sent from Texas. Mahaleris argued that instead of focusing on the transportation issue, Pritzker should call on President Biden to secure the border.
The Battle for Border Security
Meanwhile, Governor Abbott is engaged in a wider battle with the federal government over its efforts to secure the border. Recent moves, such as the seizure of a park near the Rio Grande River, have further intensified the ongoing dispute.