Undocumented migrants on a charter bus from Texas arrived in Chicago on Wednesday evening, according to the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
“To continue to provide much-needed aid to our small, overrun border towns, Chicago will join the other sanctuary cities of Washington, DC and New York as an additional drop-off location,” Abbott said in a statement.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot “loves to tout her city’s responsibility to welcome everyone, regardless of legal status,” Abbott said, “and I look forward to seeing that responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources of a sanctuary city having the capacity to serve them.”
In a statement Wednesday evening, the spokesperson for Lightfoot said, “Chicago is and will continue to be a welcoming city. We are working with various city departments and with local, state and community partners to ensure that everyone who arrives in Chicago are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect.”
City officials say temporary accommodations for those arriving from Texas will be found and support provided.
“The bus mission is providing much-needed relief to our overstretched border communities,” the governor’s office said Friday. “Operation Lone Star continues to fill dangerous voids left by the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border.”
Plans are underway to bus migrants to other cities in Texas, Abbott said, but he did not elaborate on Chicago in his comments earlier Wednesday.
Texas is not alone among state governments in choosing to bus migrants across the country. Since May, more than 1,500 migrants on 43 buses have traveled from Arizona to Washington, DC, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s office told CNN. Depending on demand, the state sends buses to Washington at the rate of about two to three per week, the governor’s office said.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez and Zenebou Sylla contributed to this report.