Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D.) defined the word “hypocrisy” after 64 of the 147 migrants sent from Texas to Chicago were immediately placed on buses and sent to a “mostly republican” suburb of Chicago called Burr Ridge.
With almost 200,000 encounters with migrants trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border every single month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R.) began sending bus loads of migrants to most democratic run sanctuary cities like Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago.
Many on the left called Abbott’s decision a “political stunt,” and while they may be right, with millions of people crossing the border every year, they have to go somewhere. Abbott has chosen what are known as “sanctuary cities” to send these bus loads to places that will care for the migrants on board.
Mayor Lightfoot said in a statement last week, “This is such an important moment for Chicago as our city has been a sanctuary for thousands of newcomers. We are welcoming them and we will not turn our backs on those who need our help the most.” Those sentiments changed quickly.
In a press release Abbott said, “In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city. I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.” A short time later, Chicago was added to the list.
After sending one bus load of immigrants to Burr Ridge, another was sent to Elk Grove Village in Illinois, again without warning. That bus load of migrants prompted Mayor Craig Johnson of Elk Grove Village to say, “She wants to probably say politically: ‘I’m a sanctuary city. I welcome you with open arms.’ But when reality checks, if five bus loads show up in her city, she can’t handle it. So let’s give them to Elk Grove Village. That’s wrong.”
Migrants are being shipped out of the sanctuary city of Chicago to the burbs https://t.co/bx66qHDEW5
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) September 10, 2022