Dem Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has demanded Texas officers cease their “inhumane and harmful” busing of migrants to the Midwestern sanctuary metropolis, which she stated has reached a “crucial tipping level.”
In an impassioned Sunday missive to GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, the lame-duck mayor stated that since August, Chicago has cared for about 8,000 males, girls and kids who crossed into the US illegally after which claimed asylum, saying they’re in search of refuge from failing governments, persecution and violence.
Lightfoot, who will likely be changed by Democrat Brandon Johnson on Might 15 after shedding reelection, stated her “welcoming” metropolis has run out of shelter area and may now not take care of the migrant inflow in a “protected, orderly, and dignified method.”
The outgoing mayor accused Abbott of trying “to trigger chaos and rating political factors” by what she known as an thoughtless and uncoordinated busing of migrants to the Second Metropolis.
“Almost all of the migrants have been in dire want of meals, water, and clothes and lots of wanted in depth medical care,” Lightfoot wrote, in accordance with The Chicago Defender, which printed the letter in full.
“Among the people you positioned on buses had been girls in lively labor, and a few had been victims of sexual assault.
“None of those pressing wants had been addressed in Texas. As an alternative, these people and households had been packed onto buses and shipped throughout the nation like freight with out regard to their private circumstances.”
Abbott has beforehand stated Lightfoot “likes to tout the duty of her metropolis to welcome all no matter authorized standing” and that he regarded “ahead to seeing this duty in motion.”
The Texas Republican has been busing and flying migrants from his border state to Democratic-led enclaves resembling New York Metropolis and Chicago in protest over Biden administration immigration insurance policies, a transfer that the White House has labeled a “publicity stunt.”
Lightfoot famous in her letter that she would attraction to the federal authorities for assist, too, echoing New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams’ determined attraction to President Biden two weeks in the past.
In Adams’ strongest statements for the reason that metropolis was inundated with migrants crossing the southern border, the Democratic mayor accused the Dem administration of “abandoning” the Huge Apple after triggering “one of many largest humanitarian crises” in its historical past.
The town has been grappling with a projected $4.2 billion price ticket to deal with the current flood of tens of hundreds of migrants into the Huge Apple by the center of subsequent 12 months alone, Adams has stated. He estimated about 55,000 asylum-seekers have arrived within the metropolis since final spring, when the Republican governors of Texas and Florida started busing them right here.
Hizzoner warned that the variety of migrants needing taxpayer-funded companies within the metropolis might quickly swell to 100,000 when the Trump-era emergency measure that allowed officers to expel tens of millions of asylum-seekers on public-health grounds throughout the COVID pandemic expires Might 11.
In August, Lightfoot accused Abbott of being “racist” for busing migrants to Chicago. She additionally claimed the Trump administration was responsible of “human cruelty,” even if Republican former President Donald Trump had been out of workplace for greater than a 12 months and a half on the time.