US-Mexico border still grapple with migrant crisis
Thousands of migrants have been sent from Texas on Governor Greg Abbott’s orders to Chicago, which lies 1,500 miles away from the US-Mexico border.
Many northern cities are also experiencing large numbers of new arrivals.
There was a bus carrying dozens of migrants from Texas near Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington on Sunday.
The federal government has been requested to provide New York with additional funding.
There is a shortage of resources in Chicago, according to city officials. The city has welcomed more than 8,000 migrants since last summer. The number of people arriving each day is estimated to be between 100 and 200.
Existing residents are upset about plans to convert a school into a shelter because they are housed in police stations and churches.
In comparison with those who have recently entered the country from Central and South America, the number of migrants sent to Chicago is a tiny fraction. There are currently 10,000 crossings a day on the southern border.
Last week, outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared a state of emergency due to the influx of refugees.
In a statement, Ms Lightfoot said, “We must all recognize that this crisis is likely to worsen before it improves.”
As a result of the declaration, the city could access emergency funds and the state’s national guard may be called in to assist.
After Title 42, the pandemic-era border policy that allowed quick deportations, expired last week, officials are expecting more arrivals.
As Gov Abbott, a Republican, sought to put pressure on the White House by sending newcomers to Democratic cities, migrants began arriving in northern cities last summer.