Migrants Sent to Chicago by Texas Governor Re-Routed to Republican Suburb
President Joe Biden greets Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (2nd-R), Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (L), Rep. Mike Quigley (2n-L) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (3rd-L) as he disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, October 7, 2021, to promote the importance of Covid-19 vaccine requirements. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – Migrants sent to Chicago by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have now been sent to the Republican suburb of Burr Ridge, Ill., and the mayor said he’s confused as to who sent them – whether it was Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker or Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who had complained about the migrants being sent to her city.
Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso said Monday that his city was notified about the migrants “after they were checked in,” and he presumes that the city of Chicago took them there.
“You have to presume it’s the city. Of course, they came in through the city. That’s where the buses originated from, and they were sent to our city. There’s confusion, even as we sit here this morning. There’s confusion as to who made the decision, whether it was the governor, who, you know, is a sanctuary state person or the mayor, but we got no heads up. I was not told. My staff was not told,” he told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”
When asked whether the state talked to the migrants about school and medicine, Grasso said he’s “trying to get that message out.”
“They are in our village, and, of course, they are a lot safer in Burr Ridge than they are in Chicago. So safety is the number one job of government and so we are making sure they are safe. They are not the problem. They are behaved. There’s no issue with them at all. They are looking for school opportunities,” he said.
“We’re inquiring as to whether or not they can be employed by our local businesses if that’s an option. We don’t even know, frankly, how long they’re going to stay. They’re here legally supposedly, because they are asylum seekers, which I understand just means that they are here temporarily until they go through the process,” the mayor said.
Pritzker’s office said, “The state is working with our partners at the City of Chicago and Cook County along with advocacy organizations to welcome those seeking asylum in the United States and provide them stability as they work to build a new life in Illinois.”
“The state has a prior relationship with the hotel being used in the suburbs and their staff has done amazing work welcoming refugees and asylum seekers before, so it is interesting that local officials are choosing this specific instance to gripe to the press about this specific group of asylum seekers that consists of about 30 families. Gov. Pritzker has made it clear that Illinois is [a] welcoming state and xenophobia has no home here,” Pritzker’s press secretary Jordan Abudayyeh said.
When asked whether the governor was referring to him, Grasso said, “He must be, and I take great offense from that. This has nothing again to do with xenophobia. We are a very diverse community if anybody knows anything about Burr Ridge, you know, it’s not about the migrants.
“It’s about the very thing that Lori Lightfoot complained about and not giving us a heads up so we can be prepared, so we can tell our residents. Obviously they had many, many questions about safety, about health concerns, about unaccompanied minors, and so it’s just the arrogance of the state just presuming they can do what they want. They invite people to come to this state and then they just willy-nilly put them in the suburbs without even giving us the courtesy of letting us know,” Grasso added.