Former Chicago Mayor Begged Texas Governor to Stop Sending Illegal Aliens to Her City

On May 1, 2023, then-Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott calling on him to stop sending any more illegal immigrants from the southern border to her city.

“We simply have no more shelters, spaces, or resources to accommodate an increase of individuals at this level, with little coordination or care, that does not pose a risk to them or others,” Lightfoot’s letter stated.

For several months, Abbott has been sending multiple busloads of illegal aliens from border areas in Texas to other states as a way to draw attention to the number of migrants arriving at the border on a daily basis and President Joe Biden’s dismal response to the record number of illegal border crossings. Abbott has mainly sent these buses to “sanctuary cities” such as Chicago, which have become notorious for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities that usually arrest or deport illegal aliens. 

On May 1, Lightfoot’s office became aware that the Texas government would resume its busing of illegal aliens to Chicago.

The former Chicago mayor criticized Abbott for being “racist” and urged him to stop after his government started sending them to Chicago in the summer of 2022. In a letter she published on April 30, Lightfoot resumed her calls for Abbott to stop sending illegal aliens to Chicago. 

“I am, yet again, appealing to your better nature and asking that you stop this inhumane and dangerous action,” Lightfoot’s letter stated. “Since we began responding to the arrival of migrants sent by your delegation in August 2022, we have shouldered the responsibility of caring for more than 8,000 men, women, and children with no resources of their own. That number continues to grow.”

Lightfoot asserted that many of the illegals Abbott bused to Chicago have needed clothing, food, and water, while some have needed extensive medical care.

Lightfoot said to Abbott she is sympathetic about border communities’ plight, but stated that the situation his busing practices have put Chicago in is “completely untenable” and “the national immigration problem will not be solved by passing on the responsibility to other cities.”

“For the good of our country and the individuals who are seeking safety in refuge, let’s work together to find a real solution,” Lightfoot stated. “And that real solution will never be the unilateral bussing of migrants to cities like Chicago.”

Abbott ripped Lightfoot’s complaints in his own letter published on May 1, telling her that Chicago has had to deal with only a fraction of the illegal aliens who have zerg rushed Texas border towns.

“As the mayor of a self-declared sanctuary city, it is ironic to hear you complain about Chicago’s struggle to deal with a few thousand illegal immigrants, which is a fraction of the record-high numbers we deal with in Texas on a regular basis,” Abbott’s letter noted. “Texas border towns like Eagle Pass, Brownsville, and Laredo—and even bigger cities like El Paso—cannot handle the flood of illegal immigrants rushing across our southern border.”

Abbott referenced one federal estimate that says roughly 13,000 migrants will attempt to enter the US on a daily basis once the Title 42 immigration order ends.

“Some reports indicate that there are nearly 35,000 waiting to cross into El Paso as soon as Title 42 expulsions are no longer in effect,” Abbott’s letter highlighted. “If Chicago can’t deal with 8,000 in less than a year, how are small Texas border communities supposed to manage 13,000 in just one day?”

Abbott told Lightfoot that if she is serious about working together on a solution, she “must call on the Biden Administration to do its job by securing our border.”

In addition, Abbott stated Lightfoot should also press the Biden regime to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, and seizing the fentanyl entering the United States through the border.

While Lightfoot is now out of the picture, the open borders regime lives on both in blue cities and in the federal government. As a result, red states will have to take the initiative and start restricting immigration themselves. 

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