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Plane carrying migrants from Texas landed in Rockford, en route to Chicago


CHICAGO — A plane carrying hundreds of migrants arrived overnight at Chicago Rockford International Airport and several busses are bound for Chicago.

The plane carrying migrants from Texas arrived just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning in Rockford, which is not classified as a Sanctuary City.

The plane can hold up to 388 passengers, but it is unclear how many migrants were on board.

More busses and planes are expected to arrive in cities like Rockford due to a recently passed ordinance that requires an advanced notice for incoming buses and fines for those who don’t comply.

Winnebago County’s sheriff, board chair and Rockford’s mayor were told about the incoming plane, a statement said.

The plane was expected to land Saturday night but was delayed several hours and arrived Sunday morning.

Officials said once the plane landed, migrants onboard would “offload and immediately board buses to Chicago’s ‘landing zone.’”

They stated migrants would not exit airport property at any time before being bussed to Chicago.

The busses have not arrived in Chicago yet, and the trip from Rockford to the city is about an hour and 15 minutes.

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