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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has become the latest Democrat to beg President Joe Biden to divert migrants away from his state.
It comes just two years after declaring his state the ‘Most Welcoming State in the Nation’ and expanding immigrant protections.
Pritzker joins New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy among liberals who have professed pro-migrant policies but asked that they not be housed in their jurisdiction.
Chicago alone has seen 13,000 migrants arrive in the city since August 2022, and the surge is expected to cost taxpayers $302 million by the end of the year.
In the letter, Pritzker calls the crisis in his state ‘untenable’ with ‘lack of intervention and coordination at the border,’ demanding he stop laying the crisis on the hands of leaders from the Democrat Party.
‘Allowing just one state to lay the burden upon a certain few states run by Democrats is untenable,’ Pritzker wrote.
Just two years after declaring his state the ‘Most Welcoming State in the Nation’ and expanding immigrant protections, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has become the latest Democrat to beg President Joe Biden to divert migrants away from his state
We are a nation that has welcomed immigrants and refugees since our founding, and we have done so in a bipartisan manner. It cannot be that just a few cities and states should now bear the cost of this effort alone.’
The second-term governor, who has been fantasized by some as a potential replacement for the 80-year-old Biden, made several demands to stop the crisis.
‘Unfortunately, the welcome and aid Illinois has been providing to these asylum seekers has not been matched with support by the federal government,’ Pritzker wrote.
He recommended the White House name a point-person as a go-between to cut down on red tape and asked the federal government to further manage where migrants are relocated.
Pritzker’s other suggestions included providing financial support to state and local governments for various services, accelerating employment authorization and approving the state’s requests for federal services.
Just two years ago, however, Pritzker bragged about how welcoming the state was toward migrants in a press release naming Illinois the ‘Most Welcoming State in the Country.’
‘Throughout my governorship I’ve directed my administration to adopt policies that make Illinois a welcoming state for immigrants, and I’m proud to sign these accountability measures into law to advance our cause,’ Pritzker said at the time.
In the letter to Biden, Pritzker calls the crisis in his state ‘untenable’ with ‘lack of intervention and coordination at the border,’ demanding he stop laying the crisis on the hands of leaders from the Democrat Party
A family from Venezuela outside the Chicago Police 12th District station
Migrants are given supplies outside the District 12 station of the Chicago Police Department
A migrant father from Venezuela feeds his 15-month-old son in the lobby of a police station
‘Every family, every child, every human being deserves to feel safe and secure in the place they call home. I am committed to making sure that value defines what it means to live in Illinois.’
The announcement included a new ‘Welcoming Illinois Office’ and expanded services for migrant families.
It comes as Chicago residents are becoming increasingly concerned about a surge of asylum seekers arriving on buses from southern states. Many of the migrants have been transported north from Republican border states in a bid to prove the Democrats’ open arms policies are a disaster.
The number of migrants who need shelter in Chicago has continued to increase in recent months, and city leaders have stated they will follow New York’s lead in turning different locations around the city into shelters for migrants.
‘We’ve identified multiple locations around the city that can be suitable to treat the family and individuals who are here by law, seeking asylum constitutionally and legally, to have a place that recognizes their dignity,’ Mayor Brandon Johnson said.
Chicago officials have yet to specify which locations they are looking at, but they will reportedly be climate-controlled military-grade tents, according to alderwoman Maria Hadden.
The former Halsted Indoor Mall parking lot at 115th and Halsted Streets could be one of the locations for a planned tent camp, CBS Chicago reported. The space was supposed to be redeveloped into affordable housing but is currently sitting vacant
Last week, Chicago Democratic lawmakers traveled to New York City to ‘bring back’ lessons on how to deal with a migrant surge in the Windy City.
Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson has quietly signed a $29million contract with a security firm to build migrant base camps. Chicago has seen 11,000 migrants arrive since August 2022
Hundreds of migrants are being hidden behind this black curtain at Chicago ‘s O’Hare Airport, where asylum seekers have reported inhumane living conditions with families left sleeping on the floor for up to 10 days
Furious New Yorkers heckled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was leading their visit, outside the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, which has become the center of the migrant scandal in the Big Apple.
The lawmakers were forced to cut the press conference short as the crowd kept drowning out Ocasio-Cortez.
‘Close the border! Close the border! Respect the constitution AOC! I am your constituent!’ one man shouted over the congresswoman’s speech into a megaphone.
As the migrant crisis continues to worsen in Chicago, mayor Johnson has also faced backlash over a proposed ‘mansion tax’ on sales of homes of more than $1 million, as his administration continues to push higher tax on households earning over $100,000.
The newly elected mayor wants to push a hike in taxes in order to fight homelessness in the city.
Johnson believes people that own properties worth $1 million in the third-largest city in the U.S. are ‘rich, and should pay if they sell those homes.’
He also wants to create city-run grocery stores to promote ‘equitable’ access to food after half of the city’s Walmart and Whole Foods stores closed.
Chicago officials have said they will build tent shelters for migrants like the ones in New York City. Camps for migrants setup at Randall’s Island in New York are seen above
Johnson’s new moves are set to help ‘repair past harms that have contributed to purposeful disinvestment and exclusion and lack of food access’ in historically underserved communities.
Meanwhile, the Windy City has suffered an 86 per cent rise in motor vehicle theft rates over the last year – from 42,512 incidents reported in 2022 to 54,983 so far this year.
Overall, this figure has rocketed by 227 per cent since 2019, when 35,711 motor vehicle thefts were reported.
Murder rates have also risen by 19 per cent over the past four years under the disastrous reign of the last Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, while robberies are up 30 per cent.