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Texas Bus Company Sues Chicago Over Migrant Drop-off Ordinance

Wynne Transportation, a Texas-based bus company, has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Chicago, challenging a new ordinance that imposes fines on bus companies for unannounced drop-offs of migrants in the city.

Background of the Ordinance

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In December, Chicago’s city council passed an ordinance targeting bus companies dropping off migrants without prior notice, threatening fines and vehicle impoundment.

Requirements of the New Ordinance

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The ordinance mandates bus companies to notify the city and obtain approval before using designated landing zones for dropping off migrants.

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Litigation Against Bus Companies

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Chicago has initiated legal action against numerous bus companies for alleged non-compliance, leading to the impoundment of two buses and significant fines.

Wynne Transportation’s Involvement

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Wynne Transportation, implicated in these actions, is represented by attorney Mike Kozlowski, who argues that the ordinance infringes on constitutional rights.

Unconstitutionality Claims

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Kozlowski contends that the ordinance improperly addresses immigration, a federal matter, and violates the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses.

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Aim of the Federal Lawsuit

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The lawsuit seeks a favorable ruling from a federal judge to potentially dismiss related state court cases against the bus companies.

City of Chicago’s Response

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Chicago’s law department, acknowledging the receipt of the complaint, declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.

Related Litigation in New York City

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New York City has also filed a lawsuit against 17 bus companies, alleging profit-making from transporting migrants, parallel to the situation in Chicago.

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Texas Governor’s Migrant Transportation Initiative

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Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has actively supported busing migrants to other states, including New York and Chicago, as part of his administration’s policies.

Next Steps in the Legal Process

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While no hearing date is set for Wynne’s federal lawsuit, the bus companies face upcoming court dates in state court regarding the City of Chicago’s fines.

Tensions Escalating

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The lawsuit by Wynne Transportation highlights the escalating legal and political tensions between Texas and cities like Chicago over the handling of migrant transportation, raising questions about the roles and responsibilities of local and federal entities in immigration matters.

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