Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, a Democrat known for his pro-”santuary city” posturing, recently took the opportunity to address Governor Greg Abbott of Texas in a letter. In it, Pritzker expressed distress over the transportation of illegal alien buses and planes to Chicago, especially considering the impending cold weather. Pritzker, aligning himself with a leftist political narrative, accused Abbott of orchestrating chaos for perceived political gains.
I don’t think J.B. Pritzker understands the concept of “Sanctuary Cities”…
You asked for it, here you go! https://t.co/wzrq0M2IcV
— Jason Robertson (@JRobFromMN) January 14, 2024
In the letter, Governor Pritzker voiced his concern about illegal aliens being sent to the Upper Midwest during the winter season, many lacking proper winter clothing. This challenge is exacerbated by the city of Chicago already grappling with an overflow of migrants from previous transfers. The “sanctuary city” position of the Democrat Party apparently only applies when there are no actual migrants around to house, feed, and clothe.
The roots of this issue trace back to September 2022 when Governor Abbott initiated the transportation of migrants to Chicago. Abbott defended this decision by expressing concerns about the perceived inaction at the southern border and framed it as a measure to provide relief to overwhelmed border towns. Chicago was designated as an additional drop-off location among other sanctuary cities, which do not enforce federal immigration law and, at least in theory, welcome illegal aliens.
The NIMBYism is strong with Democrat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker who says it’s not fair to send illegal immigrants to his sanctuary city:
“There are plenty of other cities where, if he’s gonna send people, they could be sent…” pic.twitter.com/iJakHaSmHA
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 14, 2024
In a social media post on November 5, Governor Abbott shared statistics regarding the number of migrants sent to sanctuary cities, including Chicago. Governor Pritzker, responding to this, as reported by NBC Chicago, is now calling for a temporary halt in transporting migrants to the area, believing that small border towns in Texas are better able to absorb the thousands of illegals crossing the border every single day.
Notably, Chicago’s Mayor Brandon Johnson, known for his progressive leanings, had previously declared the city’s welcome for immigrants. However, the city council, under Johnson’s leadership, took a rather interesting turn by implementing stringent rules on bus companies and imposing hefty fines to deter the transportation of individuals to the purported sanctuary city, showcasing potential internal divisions in managing the situation.
Democrat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is begging to stop sending illegals to his state😂
Apparently he thinks border states should only deal with the invasion.
— Spitfire (@DogRightGirl) January 14, 2024
It is worth highlighting that amidst these political maneuvers, Border Patrol officials in the Del Rio Sector of Texas reported apprehending approximately 35,000 migrants over a two-week period in December. This adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing debate, bringing attention to the broader challenges faced at the border.