(DailyVantage.com) – On Sunday April 30, 2023 Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking him to stop the busloads of migrants to the city.
In the autumn of 2022 Gov. Abbot began loading migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. onto buses and sending them to sanctuary cities along northern parts of the nation, to ease the strain a surge of migrants was causing in his southern border-lined state of Texas.
More than 8,000 refugees have depended on Chicago’s strained resources since the first buses began to arrive in August 2022. Lightfoot says the city can’t accommodate further migrants without the needed shelters to house them. The end of Title 42 restrictions are looming and more buses to sanctuary cities may be on the way.
Mayor Lightfoot wrote in her letter to Gov. Abbott that the migrants were loaded onto buses and sent to Chicago “like freight” without basic necessities like food and water, and claimed “women in active labor” were also sent without having any of their circumstances addressed.
Mayor Lightfoot called on the federal government to withhold FEMA funding for Texas so long as the uncoordinated buses continue to arrive and will continue to ask the government for more support to aid the migrants already in Chicago.
“Governor Abbott, this is not a state v. state or city v. city problem. The immigration crisis is a national challenge that requires national collaboration,” Lightfoot wrote.
Mayor Lightfoot lost reelection as mayor of Chicago early this year in the wake of a spike of violent crime and changing attitudes among the democrat electorate. Although murders and shootings have declined in the city, other crimes such as burglary, robbery, carjacking, and theft have increased, according to a 2022 year-end report from the Chicago Police Department.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is also handling bus loads of immigrants the city can not afford. Adams was elected in 2021 on a campaign focused on fighting rising crime in NYC and public safety. Public sentiment among democratic cities has pushed the overall change in attitude toward policing, choosing to fund the police.
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