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Governors Clash Over Migrant Shuffling

via CBS Chicago
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Democratic governors and mayors are involved in disputes over the handling of migrants in major cities such as Chicago, Denver, and New York City.

The report highlighted tensions among Democratic leaders, with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker criticizing Colorado Governor Jared Polis for indirectly sending migrants to Chicago.

“The Illinois governor [J.B. Pritzker ] said that, in the meantime, migrants were being sent to Denver, which was then sending them to Chicago, which Pritzker called ‘unhelpful.’ He said Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis told him, ‘We’re not telling people to go to Chicago. They’re just getting off the bus and saying they’d like to go to Chicago.’ I said, ‘Come on. That’s not the case. You know, you guys are buying tickets to Chicago.’ I said to him, ‘We can do the same thing back, and we’re not going to. This is not how we should be operating,’” the report read.

Pritzker also mentioned friction with New York City Mayor Eric Adams over the influx of migrants.

“There’s actually a list that I handed to the mayor of Chicago since he is close to the mayors. I said, ‘Here’s a list of how many people have been sent to Chicago. You should call each mayor, starting with the mayor of New York and tell them, ‘You’ve got to stop doing that,'” Pritzker said.

“He didn’t stop until we outed him in public,” Lightfoot said. “We sent him a letter. We released it to the press, and then they decided, ‘Oh, I’m getting bad publicity.’ I mean, it was just, it was the crassest form of politics that I think I’ve experienced in quite a long time.”

“I did not regard it as a threat. Even when the first buses arrived, I just viewed it as a stunt and did not think this was going to be 40,000 people arriving. Because how would you know? And they certainly weren’t telling anybody,” Pritzker said.

Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot described the situation as an “ambush” and criticized the handling of the crisis.

“In those early days, we really didn’t get much in the way of a heads-up. We didn’t know anything about numbers, who was on the manifest of these buses, what their situation was, who they were, what their countries of origin were, what, if any, medical needs. We really got next to no information. It was like an ambush. That’s what it felt like,” Lightfoot said.

The issue escalated when migrants were being bused into sanctuary cities without proper communication or coordination.

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