The disaster proclamation enables coordination among state, city and county governments to provide transportation, emergency shelter, food, health screenings, and medical treatment.
On Wednesday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a disaster proclamation to secure resources for the migrants bused to Illinois from Texas.
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The disaster proclamation enables coordination among state, city and county governments to provide assistance including transportation, emergency shelter, food, health screenings and medical treatment.
Pritzker announced that he had deployed 75 National Guard members to assist with the logistics of receiving the migrants. He also criticized Texas Governor Greg Abbott for failing to coordinate or communicate with Illinois and Chicago officials.
"The governor of Texas is forcing on New York and Washington D.C. and Chicago and potentially other places a needlessly last minute and complex process that is a heartless display of politics over people," Pritzker said.
NEW: Several hundred migrants are beginning to gather under a bridge in El Paso, TX after they crossed illegally. Local NGOs & CBP facilities are overwhelmed as crossings surge there, & CBP confirms to us they are having to release migrants near El Paso shelters & bus stations. pic.twitter.com/Yhl8Mg5q1s— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 14, 2022
Illinois Attorney General and Chicago city attorneys, among other agencies, are investigating whether there is "criminal liability" for Abbott's actions. He also raised the idea of suing the Texas government in federal court.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the situation a "manufactured crisis by ambush" and accused the Abbott administration of tricking the migrants into boarding the buses. Since Aug. 31 when the first busload of migrants arrived, about 500 migrants had arrived in Chicago, Lightfoot said. She expects number will grow.
While Pritzker said he would seek all available federal assistance, Lightfoot suggested federal assistance should be diverted from Texas to other places who are welcoming the migrants. Despite the complaints, Abbott vowed the waves of asylum seekers would continue arriving at cities like Chicago.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with his counterpart Joe #Biden to review the immigration situation at the border. #AMLO proposed to regularize and follow up on thousands of #migrants working illegally in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/5BmT2CuFZC— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 13, 2022