Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot has suffered a meltdown after Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a busload of migrants from the Souther Border to her so-called “sanctuary city.”
Gov. Abbott announced Thursday that the first group of migrants has been bused to Chicago, Illinois from Texas.
Abbott has already sent several buses of migrants to New York City and Washington D.C., which also claim to be “sanctuary cities” despite not being directly impacted by the border crisis.
The migrants were dropped off at Union Station last night.
Abbott says that in addition to D.C. and NYC, Chicago will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy.
The move is part of his strategy to hold Democrat President Joe Biden to account for his open border policies.
“President Biden’s inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans—and Americans—at risk and is overwhelming our communities,” Abbott said.
“To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun border towns, Chicago will join fellow sanctuary cities Washington, D.C., and New York City as an additional drop-off location.
“Mayor Lightfoot loves to tout the responsibility of her city to welcome all regardless of legal status, and I look forward to seeing this responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources from a sanctuary city with the capacity to serve them.”
Abbott’s office issued a statement that said:
“In April, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to transport migrants from Texas to Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, the Governor added New York City as a second drop-off location.
“Since beginning this busing strategy in the spring, thousands of migrants have been transported to these sanctuary cities while providing much-needed relief to Texas’ overwhelmed border communities.
“With its “Welcoming City Ordinance” making it a sanctuary city, Chicago will not deny city services to individuals based on their immigration status.
“The city also does not require local police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities,” the statement said.
In response, the mayor, who recently refused to do interviews with white reporters, called Abbott a “racist.”
Lightfoot’s deputy director of communications, Ryan Johnson, said in a statement:
“As a city, we are doing everything we can to ensure these immigrants and their families can receive shelter, food, and most importantly protection.
“This is not new; Chicago welcomes hundreds of migrants every year to our city and provides much-needed assistance.
“Unfortunately, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is without any shame or humanity.
“But ever since he put these racist practices of expulsion in place, we have been working with our community partners to ready the city to receive these individuals.
“Chicago is a welcoming city and as such has collaborated across various departments and agencies to ensure we greeted them with dignity and respect.
“As a city, we are doing everything we can to ensure these immigrants and their families can receive shelter, food, and most importantly protection,” he said.
“We know that racism, discrimination, and human cruelty have played a pivotal role in how immigrants are received within our borders, and we are still working to recover from the previous presidential administration, which encouraged this behavior.”
NEWS: Today, the City of Chicago received confirmation that approximately 60 migrants were traveling to Chicago by way of Texas. Chicago is a welcoming city and as such has collaborated across various departments and agencies to ensure we greeted them with dignity and respect. pic.twitter.com/wJWEDtXLgZ
— Ryan Johnson (@Ryan_Johnson) September 1, 2022
While speaking at a South Side restaurant Tuesday, Lightfoot offered her version of the 1980s.
“After four years of everything that Harold Washington tried to do being blocked by a racist mob at City Council,” said Lightfoot.
“That same mob that blocked him from doing anything picked the one that they wanted — the one that they thought that they could control, and Dec. 2, 1987 is when Gene Sawyer was instituted as the mayor of this city.”
“And then what happened just a few short years later?” Lightfoot added.
“That same mob dropped him like a bad habit, right?
In an interview with FOX 32, Sawyer’s son, Ald. Roderick Sawyer, who is a mayoral candidate, said Lightfoot defamed his father’s memory.
He said he doesn’t expect her to apologize to him, but told her to apologize to others, including Ald. Harry Osterman.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48th), a sometimes Lightfoot ally, called her comments “disgraceful.”
“For you to just wildly label them as white racists, I think does a disservice to you and a disservice to the city of Chicago,” said Sawyer.
..Returning to Lightfoot, Roderick said, “Do your homework about what was going on back then. I know you weren’t there for most of it. I was.”
Lightfoot, an Ohio native, moved to Chicago in the 1980s.