Illinois governor and Chicago mayor slammed for ‘hypocrisy’ after busing migrants from Texas to suburbs


Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office is calling Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker after migrant buses were sent to suburban towns from Windy City.

More than 100 migrants who arrived in Chicago after being bussed from Texas on September 7 were then ferried out of the city and into nearby suburbs – but mayors in several cities received little or no warning of the arrival of the migrants. immigrants.

Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson told Fox News Digital in an interview that he received a call from Pritzker’s office on Sept. 9 that a “migrant bus” was being sent to his town. city ​​the same evening, but received no further details.

When Johnson asked for information, such as how many migrants are coming, what hotel they are being sent to, whether they have undergone health screenings or have undergone background checks, he did not got no response.


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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Greg Abbott have publicly fought back against migrants arriving in their states and cities. Getty Images

It wasn’t until a later call that federal officials told Johnson that the migrants had undergone health screenings and background checks.

After a delay from the governor’s office, according to Johnson, 90 migrants showed up Sept. 10 at the La Quinta hotel.

Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso, a Republican, said no Chicago state or city official contacted him about a bus of 64 migrants that showed up in his city at a Hampton Inn after his initial arrival in Chicago.

Renae Eze, Abbott’s publicist, told Fox News Digital that Lightfoot and Pritzker were “absolute hypocrites.”

“So much for the ‘Welcoming City Ordinance’ of Chicago. These Democratic elites are absolute hypocrites, and now their hypocrisy is out in the open for the whole nation. Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot complained that a few hundred migrants were bussed into the self-proclaimed sanctuary city of Chicago, then turned around and dumped them in. Instead of complaining about keeping their ‘welcoming city’ promises, these hypocritical Democrats should be calling on President Biden to do his job and secure the border – something the president continues to fail to do,” she said.


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Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Responding to Grasso’s complaints of not having received any notice of the arrival of the migrants, Jordan Abudayyeh, press secretary for Pritzker, told WGN that it is interesting that local officials are complaining about the problem of migrants being transported by bus. to the suburbs.

“The State is working with our partners in the City of Chicago and Cook County, as well as advocacy organizations, to welcome asylum seekers to the United States and provide them with stability as they are working to build a new life in Illinois the state has a previous relationship with the hotel used in the suburbs and their staff have done an amazing job of accommodating refugees and asylum seekers before so it’s interesting that the local authorities choose this specific case to complain to the press about this specific group of asylum seekers which consists of approximately 30 families Governor Pritzker has made it clear that Illinois is [a] a welcoming state and xenophobia have no place here,” Abudayyeh said.

Johnson called the governor’s response “poor,” adding that he “owed our community an apology.”

“We’re not playing these little games. But to insult each other, whether we’re either racist or indifferent. It’s insulting,” Johnson said. “The governor owes our community an apology, and I’ll be waiting to hear it.”

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Preya Samsundar also criticized both Lightfoot and Pritzker and called on them to end their sanctuary city policies.

“After years of backing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ open border agenda, Lori Lightfoot and JB Pritzker are crying foul because they are now forced to confront the very issues they pushed on border states We welcome Lightfoot and Pritzker to end their sanctuary city policy and join Republicans in the fight to secure the border,” Samsundar said.



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