Lori Lightfoot accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over border crossers
Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is being accused of hypocrisy after it emerged that dozens of migrants who just lately arrived within the Windy Metropolis by bus have had been secretly despatched on to a rich Republican suburb.
Regardless of Lightfoot repeatedly claiming that Chicago was welcoming the inflow of border-crossers from Texas, not less than 64 had been forwarded with out warning to a Hampton Inn in Burr Ridge, village officers stated.
“Neither employees nor I had been contacted concerning the choice to accommodate migrants in Burr Ridge,” the village’s Republican mayor, Gary Grasso, complained.
“It’s hypocrisy by the mayor of Chicago to complain” concerning the new arrivals being despatched from Texas simply to bounce them again to Republican areas, Grasso told Fox News over the weekend.
“This isn’t about” the migrants, Grasso insisted, saying, “We’re more than pleased for folks to search out freedom.”
Nevertheless, Lightfoot and Democratic Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker. are utilizing them “as political pawns” of their anger at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Burr Ridge mayor added.
“There have to be vacant lodge rooms in Chicago,” Grasso stated, noting the arrivals quantity simply “lots of of individuals in a metropolis of hundreds of thousands.”
“Why are they sending them out to the Republican suburbs? You must surprise,” Grasso stated.
Lightfoot has accused Abbott of being “with none disgrace or humanity” for busing the immigrants, which she has insisted is a “racist coverage.”
Illinois Gov. Pritzker has additionally stated that what his Texas counterpart is doing “is doing is disgusting and it must cease.”
“It shouldn’t be that the governor of Texas is taking these folks and treating them like cattle, treating them like property, placing them on buses and sending them wherever he desires to ship them.”
Pritzker’s rep confirmed to WGN that a few of the arrivals had been despatched to Burr Ridge, insisting it was a part of a “prior relationship with the lodge getting used … welcoming refugees and asylum seekers earlier than.”
“It’s fascinating that native officers are selecting this particular occasion to gripe to the press about this particular group of asylum seekers that consists of about 30 households,” the governor’s spokesperson stated.
“Gov. Pritzker has made it clear that Illinois is welcoming state and xenophobia has no house right here.”
Lightfoot’s workplace didn’t fast reply to a request for remark.
The Illinois Division of Human Providers advised Fox 32 that lots of the 300 migrants who’ve arrived in Chicago are receiving momentary shelter in suburban accommodations.
Abbott has vowed to proceed sending the border crossers till the Biden Administration tightens up its border insurance policies.