Governor Abbott's response to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plea that he stop sending migrants to Chicago was to blame the Biden Administration for their open border policy
In a letter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to call on President Joe Biden to secure the border, in response to her request that Texas stop transporting migrants to her self-declared sanctuary city. This comes after Gov. Abbott began sending busloads of illegal immigrants to Chicago in September 2022 to protest the crisis at the border. Many have argued that a policy that puts people in jeaopardy and takes advantage of other states is not a proper form of protest.
In a recent development, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has told Mayor Lightfoot to take complaints on the border crisis to the White House. Mayor Lightfoot had previously criticized Gov. Abbott's move to send migrants to Chicago and had called for an end to the practice. However, in response to her request, Gov. Abbott advised her to take the matter up with President Biden, as his administration has the authority and responsibility to secure the border and address the ongoing migrant crisis.
In response to the criticism of how the current administration has addressed the migrant situation, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas placed the blame on Congress for the crisis. He stated that the Biden administration is doing everything it can within a "broken immigration system". Mayorkas stated that President Biden presented a solution to the crisis on his first day in office through proposed immigration reform legislation, but Congress has been slow to act, resulting in the current situation.
The situation at the border continues to escalate, with an unprecedented number of migrants attempting to enter the country. It remains to be seen if state and local leaders will be able to work together with the each other and the White House to find a solution that ensures the safety and well-being of all those involved in a fair manner.