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US Cities Plea for Federal Help Amid Rising Migrant Crisis

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US Cities Plea for Federal Help Amid Rising Migrant Crisis

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The mayors of Chicago, New York City, and Denver have requested federal assistance as their cities grapple with an increasing influx of asylum-seekers. The cause? A busing operation initiated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott which has so far transported over 80,000 migrants to their cities and shows no signs of slowing down, with recent additions of chartered planes to the operation.

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Uncoordinated Bus and Plane Arrivals

These city leaders have voiced concerns over the lack of coordination and details on who is aboard these buses and planes. Buses are reported to arrive at all hours and outside of designated drop-off zones, creating chaos and potentially endangering the migrants. Chicago has taken the initiative by taking legal action against these 'rogue' buses, while New York City has introduced similar rules for bus drop-offs.

Mayors Meet with President Biden

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In response to the escalating situation, these mayors have met with President Joe Biden to request more federal funds, efforts to expand work authorization, and a schedule for when buses arrive. Their cities have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars to house, transport, and provide medical care for migrants, significantly impacting their budgets.

Chicago's Response to the Crisis

Chicago has seen the arrival of the first asylum-seekers transported by plane, with over 100 people arriving at O'Hare Airport. This followed news that seven buses of migrants from Texas were also expected to arrive in the city. In response, local elected officials are demanding more funding from the federal government. They have criticized Governor Abbott's actions, accusing him of causing chaos and using people as political pawns. To manage the situation, Chicago has implemented a bus safety ordinance to ensure a safe and structured intake process for the incoming asylum seekers.

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Health and Safety Concerns

The influx of migrants is not without its health and safety concerns. In Chicago, the death of a 5-year-old migrant child at a shelter in Pilsen has led to demands for funding for healthcare and housing for asylum seekers to prevent future tragedies. The Pilsen shelter, originally intended for 1,000 migrants, is now housing over 2,300. Concerns have been voiced about the transparency of health and safety protocols within the city's migrant shelters.

Call for Federal Support

Leaders and activists in Chicago are calling for federal support for migrants, labelling Texas's actions as human trafficking and a human rights violation. They are calling for federal assistance and work permits for all migrants. The city has paid over 93 million to the vendor Favorite Healthcare Staffing to take care of migrants in shelters, highlighting the financial strain placed on cities handling the migrant crisis.

In conclusion, the escalating migrant crisis is placing significant strain on the resources and budgets of cities like Chicago, New York City, and Denver. With accusations of human trafficking and human rights violations, the need for federal assistance, coordination, and expanded work authorization has never been more urgent.

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