Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave up the game and cemented her legacy as the single worst politician in America when she was caught bussing migrants sent by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to a Chicago suburb without telling the local mayor.
Lightfoot slammed Abbott for doing the exact same thing—sending migrants north without coordinating with her highness. It is fine if she does it, but it is bad if Abbott does it? “I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”
“My frustration comes from the actions of the governor of Texas,” Lightfoot said after the first bus load of migrants arrived. There could be a level of coordination and cooperation, but he chooses to do none of those things and instead tries to send human beings — not cargo, not freight — human beings across the country to an uncertain destination.”
“What the governor of Texas is doing is disgusting and it needs to stop,” Governor Pritzker said earlier.
“It shouldn’t be that the governor of Texas is taking these people and treating them like cattle, treating them like property, putting them on busses and sending them wherever he wants to send them.”
The governor’s spokesperson issued a statement after Lightfoot got busted doing the exact same thing as governor Abbott:
“The state is working with our partners at the City of Chicago and Cook County along with advocacy organizations to welcome those seeking asylum in the United States and provide them stability as they work to build a new life in Illinois.
“The state has a prior relationship with the hotel being used in the suburbs and their staff has done amazing work welcoming refugees and asylum seekers before, so it is interesting that local officials are choosing this specific instance to gripe to the press about this specific group of asylum seekers that consists of about 30 families.
“Gov. Pritzker has made it clear that Illinois is a welcoming state and xenophobia has no home here.”
“On Wednesday, September 7, the Village of Burr Ridge learned that 64 refugees, among many bussed to Chicago from Texas, were transported from the Salvation Army Shield of Hope in Chicago and assigned to temporary hotel housing in Burr Ridge,” a village spokesperson told NBC 5.
“Neither Village elected officials nor staff were consulted or contacted about this decision and we are now gathering information to keep our community updated.”
According to WGN:
Chicago is a so-called sanctuary city and so is Cook County. Local officials have passed laws meant to protect immigrants from deportation. However, the portion of Burr Ridge where many of the migrants are staying is actually in DuPage County.
While campaigning for Congress, Grasso said he would work to secure the border and “defund sanctuary cities.” However, Grasso noted his village board had not taken a position on sanctuary cities.
Grasso said he only became aware of the migrants’ arrival in his village after residents began alerting village officials. He has since been invited to an online meeting with state officials.