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The Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2024

What Happens When Migrants Arrive in America’s Suburbs?
By By Arian Campo-Flores and Photographs by Kim Raff

In Denton County, Texas, outside Dallas, those with new cases ballooned 16-fold to 8,632 between 2020 and 2023. In Kane County, Ill., outside Chicago, their number jumped 17-fold to 3,496 over that period, while in Rutherford County, Tenn., outside Nashville, it increased 20-fold to 3,315. Bradenton, Fla., a city of 57,000 people south of Tampa, has seen its foreign-born population rise sharply, according to census data. At an April meeting, Manatee County commissioners sought to assess the impact of unauthorized migrants on the community—hearing from a hospital executive who said such arrivals were taking a financial toll on his facility. First eight months​of fiscal year 2024FY2005'10'15'2000.51.01.5 million “What options do we have? Obviously we can’t deport people,” said Kevin Van Ostenbridge, one of the commissioners. Hamilton, Ohio, a city of 63,000 people north of Cincinnati, has witnessed blowback to jumps in the migrant population. After police announced an aggravated-murder charge in April against a man who had entered the U.S. illegally numerous times, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones pointed to what he called a “border invasion.” “We’re all border states, we’re all border counties,” he said.

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