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Migrant Bus Arrivals Surge in Chicago, Raising Questions About Border Policy

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Imposing July 31 cutoff arrival date for granting TPS to Venezuelan migrants to deter others from entering US seems to have backfired in badly in Chicago

Volunteers and immigration advocates in Chicago are reporting a notable increase in the number of migrant buses arriving in the city, raising concerns about the Biden administration's border policy. This surge in arrivals comes after President Biden imposed a July 31 deadline for Venezuelan migrants to reach the United States to be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work permits, a move intended to discourage further migration. However, the unintended consequence appears to be a rush of migrants to the border, fearing potential border closures.

According to volunteers and sources on the ground, the influx of buses carrying migrants has been more frequent in recent weeks, with many migrants trying to meet the deadline imposed by the administration. The July 31 cutoff date was intended to incentivize Venezuelans to arrive in the U.S. promptly if they wished to obtain TPS, which would grant them temporary legal status and protection from deportation.

The decision to implement the July 31 deadline was made in light of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, where political instability and economic hardships have forced many to seek refuge abroad. However, the unintended consequence has been a rapid increase in the number of migrants attempting to cross the border, fearing that the next step could be a complete border closure.

Volunteers working with migrants in Chicago have expressed concerns about the rising numbers and the strain it places on resources. While the Biden administration aimed to send a clear message with the deadline, it has inadvertently led to more individuals attempting the journey in a shorter timeframe.

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