The Republican mayor of an Illinois village where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot shipped illegal immigrants who had recently been relocated to her crime-ridden city from Texas, unloaded on the Windy City Democrat as well as the state’s Governor J. B. Pritzker for using the migrants as “political pawns” and for their hypocrisy.
Lightfoot has been engaged in a nasty war of words with Texas Governor Greg Abbott whose masterful plan to relocate the migrants from his own state to deep blue cities run by Democrats who have championed open borders has expanded beyond New York City and Washington D.C., with the first buses arriving in Chicago late last month.
Rather than accept the new arrivals with open arms, Mayor Lightfoot instead had them loaded back onto buses and packed off to a Hampton Inn in the suburb of Burr Ridge without any notice being given to the village’s Mayor Gary Grasso.
(Video: YouTube/ FOX 32 Chicago)
“As is my understanding, this hotel, about a year ago, when refugees came in from Afghanistan, apparently accepted several either through faith-based or charitable organizations, but now the state assumes they can just send migrants… this isn’t about them, the migrants is fine, they’re being used as political pawns by the governor and mayor,” Grasso told Fox News.
Mayor Grasso said that it was hypocrisy for Lightfoot to gripe about Gov. Abbott’s sharing of the wealth only to then turn around and send the migrants to the suburbs.
“We’re more than happy for people to find freedom, it is hypocrisy by the mayor of Chicago to complain about the governor of Texas – I do agree with what he’s doing – the city of Chicago says it’s going to be a sanctuary city which I oppose – but there must be vacant hotel rooms in Chicago. This is hundreds of people in a city of millions. Why are they sending them out to the Republican suburbs? You have to wonder,” he said.
“The border situation on the southern border is a totally different situation than Afghan refugees. It’s total arrogance for the state to assume they can send migrants to the suburbs around Chicago,” Mayor Grasso added.
“Let me say loud and clear to Greg Abbott and his enablers in Texas,” Lightfoot said after the arrival of the first bus. “With these continued political stunts, Governor Abbott has confirmed what unfortunately many of us had already known, that he is a man without any morals, humanity, or shame.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot torches Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) over bussing migrants to Chicago: He is "a man without any morals, humanity or shame."
"I also want to say: Shame on the bus companies, who frankly are just as complicit as being a part of this indignity." pic.twitter.com/6akADE7HNO
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) September 1, 2022
“Instead of treating these individuals with the respect that they deserve, the due process that our laws require, Governor Abbott chose instead to humanely… inhumanely load them onto buses, send them on a more than twelve hour journey across a country that they don’t know and to drop them off without any regard for what the next steps are,” she ranted.
Then she did exactly same thing by packing them off to Burr Ridge.
A statement from Gov. Pritzker’s office accused Grasso of being a xenophobe, “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 welcoming state and xenophobia has no home here.”
The GOP mayor was quick to push back.
“Yesterday, the Governor’s office issued a statement that inferred the Village was xenophobic for reacting to the placement of the refugees in our community without information or notice. Such an ill-advised comment exemplifies the combativeness the Governor’s office has shown anyone who questions the actions of the State – from the lengthy closure of the state during the pandemic without the Legislature’s concurrence and now the disrespectful manner his office is treating the Village and its residents,” Grasso said in response to the name calling from Pritzker’s office.
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