Buses respond to Chicago's new penalties and restrictions by dropping migrants in secret locations | 19 Dec 2023 | Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s deputy chief of staff, Cristina Pacione-Zayas, told The Chicago Tribune that bus companies are now no longer communicating about where they are dropping migrants in an effort to avoid city penalties. In an effort to show the seriousness of the border crisis, some Republican governors have sent buses of asylum seekers to Democratic-controlled states and sanctuary cities. These Republicans argue the action is necessary to show the rest of the country what border states are dealing with due to the surge of migrants. In response, the city of Chicago filed over 50 lawsuits in an attempt to hold bus companies accountable for shuttling illegal immigrants to an already overburdened city amid winter conditions.

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