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Sanctuary City Chicago Mayor Lightfoot says it's racist to send illegal migrants there for sanctuary

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot used a Thursday press conference to welcome a group of migrants to the city after they were put on buses and driven north from Texas this week, but she also took the opportunity to blast Gov. Greg Abbott’s immigration as “racist and xenophobic.”

On Wednesday night, a bus of approximately 75 migrants arrived at Chicago’s Union Station after departing from Texas.

According to Abbott’s administration, the bussing strategy is being implemented because of the burden placed on Texas taxpayers due to the flow of asylum-seekers and migrants into the country at the southern border, but Lightfoot had much-harsher words for what she argues is occurring.

“This is about a cheap political point. It’s not about sharing the load,” she said. “To Greg Abbott and his enablers in Texas: with these continued political stunts, (he) has confirmed what many of us had already known: he’s a man without any morals, humanity, or shame.”

Abbott and his administration have also sent buses to Washington, D.C. and New York in recent months, and he has indicated that he will continue the program until President Joe Biden’s administration addresses what he calls a “crisis” at the southern border.

“President Biden’s inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans – and Americans – at risk and is overwhelming our communities,” he said in a statement.

While Abbott’s administration insists that they receive written permission before bussing asylum-seekers to northern cities, Lightfoot says the program smacks of being a political stunt designed to appeal to Republican voters at the expense of the dignity of those impacted.

“Governor Abbott’s racist and xenophobic practices of expulsion, have only amplified the challenges many of these migrants have experienced on their journey to find a safe place. This cannot be who we are as Americans."

It is unclear whether additional buses will arrive in coming days and weeks in Chicago, but Lightfoot says that efforts will continue to find food, shelter and supplies for those that do make their way to the city.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were among the officials who pledged their support to the efforts, and 𝐿𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑓𝑒𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘𝑠.

“President Biden’s inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans — and Americans — at risk and is overwhelming our communities,” Abbott said Wednesday as he confirmed Chicago was its latest sanctuary-city target.

“Mayor Lightfoot loves to tout the responsibility of her city to welcome all regardless of legal status, and I look forward to seeing this responsibility in action as these migrants receive resources from a sanctuary city with the capacity to serve them.”

In a July deposition obtained by Fox News this week, the chief of the US Border Patrol also blamed Biden’s “no consequences” immigration policy for sparking the surge of illegal immigrants crossing into the US.

“​​In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences,” Raul Ortiz ​said.


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by Anonymousreply 56November 20, 2023 4:16 AM

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

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by Anonymousreply 1September 2, 2022 3:44 AM

I completely agree with Mayor Lightfoot's assessment of Abbott's character. The accident that put him in that wheelchair has broken his soul.

by Anonymousreply 2September 2, 2022 3:46 AM

Racism really is the biggest cop out.

by Anonymousreply 3September 2, 2022 3:47 AM

Just send them to Rwanda to be screened and deported back to where they came from. They are future Repug voters, we don't need them.

by Anonymousreply 4September 2, 2022 4:02 AM

They aren't required to go, if I was them I would've gotten as far away from the border as possible too.

by Anonymousreply 5September 2, 2022 4:09 AM

Park them outside her house. See how she likes it.

by Anonymousreply 6September 2, 2022 4:15 AM

I am still confused by how a border state can maintain a policy of busing non-citizens across state lines.

by Anonymousreply 7September 2, 2022 4:24 AM

We didn’t want to stay in Texas anyway - who in their right mind would?

by Anonymousreply 8September 2, 2022 4:28 AM

R7) But yet you’re not confused by the influx of migrants coming across the border in Texas and no action is being taken to curtail it?

by Anonymousreply 9September 2, 2022 4:29 AM

The DL GQP squad is desperate to change the subject from Biden’s speech about MAGA fascism.

by Anonymousreply 10September 2, 2022 4:29 AM

Mayor Beetlejuice is delusional. How is sending a bunch of illegal immigrants to her shitty city “racist”? She’s the epitome of a race baiter who uses the racist moniker for anything she can’t stand. If she’s so liberal, she can deal with the illegals who refuse to learn English, come knocked up and demand free american money. She’s doing Jack shit for Chicago. It’s a cesspool.

by Anonymousreply 11September 2, 2022 4:30 AM

Yeah, how is this "racist?"

by Anonymousreply 12September 2, 2022 4:43 AM

These mayors and governors should bus them back to Texas. But not to the big cities like Houston or Dallas or Austin. Send them to the smaller towns where it would be more burdensome and difficult to deal with. Like Abilene or Tyler or Wichita Falls.

by Anonymousreply 13September 2, 2022 5:30 AM

Chicago can easily absorb 75 people. She is just upset because Gov. ABBOTT called her out on violence in Chicago during Uvalde and she didn't like it. Sadly what he said is true .... more people get shot in Chicago in a weekend than some counties in Texas do in a year or decade. Honestly , everything she touches turns to crap and if anyone is racist, it's her.

by Anonymousreply 14September 2, 2022 6:07 AM

R14 nailed it. She’s an embarrassing moron who looks like she was struck by lighting. Her hair and bugged out eyes. Her stupid racist rants. How about how much lying racist Jussie Smollet cost the city in resources chasing non existing white racially motivated attackers? Fuck this ugly cunt now she had to deal with smelly dirty money grubbing ,non English speaking ,future criminals.

by Anonymousreply 15September 3, 2022 6:54 PM

Says the mayor who refused to give interviews to white journalists.

by Anonymousreply 16September 3, 2022 6:56 PM

Oh my.

by Anonymousreply 17September 3, 2022 7:02 PM

They have to sign permission to go.

They are being sent to states where they will get the best benefits and welcomed with open arms.

Abbott apart, seems like a blessing for the immigrants.

by Anonymousreply 18September 3, 2022 7:03 PM

Diversity is our strength!

by Anonymousreply 19September 3, 2022 7:15 PM

I’m thinking of sneaking into the country as an immigrant. No Parker’s, no English, demanding free shit and send me to a city where you will let me commit crimes and never see a jail cell. No wonder they’re throwing babies over walls and laying on each other like sardines in a tin to get here.

by Anonymousreply 20September 3, 2022 11:05 PM

If you sneak into a country, you are not an immigrant.

by Anonymousreply 21September 4, 2022 2:38 PM

When did the Sanctuary City system begin?

by Anonymousreply 22September 4, 2022 3:03 PM

Ugly hypocritical CUNT

by Anonymousreply 23September 4, 2022 3:09 PM

Can someone explain why Ukrainians who are leaving their country must have sponsors to live in the US, while anyone from below our border can come right in?

by Anonymousreply 24September 4, 2022 3:13 PM

Lightfoot also refused to conduct interviews with white journos but that isn't racist.

Funny the Spanish guy who is going to run against her, said if it were a governor in a liberal state, Lightfoot would be all for it.

She's also the one who uses the police to prevent pickets outside her home then defunded them and said it's OK elsewhere.

You can't make this shit up, but people still vote for that pile of waste.

by Anonymousreply 25September 4, 2022 3:17 PM

Because you don’t understand our immigration laws, r24.

The people who “come right in”‘ at the southern border are generally turning themselves in and claiming asylum. If they pass a “credible fear” test, they are allowed to stay (legally) in the country until they have a trial. Ukrainians either need to travel to a port of entry and do this, or go through the sponsorship or visa route.

by Anonymousreply 26September 4, 2022 3:20 PM

R26, R24 here. You're right, I didn't understand the difference. That's why I asked.

by Anonymousreply 27September 4, 2022 3:23 PM

Look at Repig OP and the Trumpanzees in the comments. This is why I say that Datalounge is a Republican forum now.

by Anonymousreply 28September 4, 2022 3:29 PM

To criticize any black person will bring about the end of the world. All black folks are infallible.

by Anonymousreply 29September 4, 2022 3:31 PM

R26 and R24- Very few people understand immigration laws, I know I don’t. Those seeking asylum, migrants, refugees, ect. Some qualify for assistance, some don’t. I thought if you married a US citizen you automatically became a legal…?…I am good friends with a refugee, an illegal who obtained a green card by marriage, I think. The whole situation is confusing. It does seem that Texas does have the brunt of border issues and it needs to be addressed. Then you have people who have migrated legally and they have an issue with people who come her illegally. It’s a mess.

by Anonymousreply 30September 4, 2022 3:31 PM

Just draw everyone's attention to a Black woman being obnoxious, and these dumb queens won't even realize all the Repig propaganda I'm feeding' em, tee hee.

by Anonymousreply 31September 4, 2022 3:34 PM

What species is that fugly mayor? Jesus fuck, I thought Rue McClanahan was the ugliest cunt to ever cunt. Barf.

by Anonymousreply 32September 4, 2022 3:34 PM

[quote] If they pass a “credible fear” test, they are allowed to stay (legally) in the country until they have a trial.

The illegals trying to cross the border are given instruction on what words of fear and misfortune the Border Patrol will accept. It's a rehearsed performance.. Then a democrat appointed immigration judge assigns them a court date sometime in the next year and frees the immigrant on his promises to come back. Oddly most Forget. OOPS

by Anonymousreply 33September 4, 2022 3:55 PM


by Anonymousreply 34September 4, 2022 4:04 PM

Every other word out of her mouth is " Race, " Racism," or " Racist."

by Anonymousreply 35September 4, 2022 4:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 36September 4, 2022 4:38 PM

Yeah fuck off.

You want all the migrants to stay out of your back yard and in Texas. Out of sight, out of mind.

Deal with the problem. Do a Marshall plan for central and Latin America and help make life good for them so they aren't feeling the need to leave in the first place.

Better do it now because the future is border town Texas if you don't help.

If you care so much you would do THE ROOT CAUSE idiots! Not the fucking bandaid and not a blame game when other people don't want to take responsibility for incoming people.


by Anonymousreply 37September 4, 2022 4:45 PM

They could start by not having one kid after another. That would greatly improve their lot in life.

by Anonymousreply 38September 4, 2022 4:51 PM

Isn't it an abduction, to take someone without their consent? Can Abbott be charged with a crime? It's just disgusting what he's doing. I read he's Catholic; doubt his faith means much to him.

by Anonymousreply 39September 4, 2022 4:56 PM

The USA is stupid enough. We don't need even more uneducated people coming in. Screen each one for stupidity and send them back if they're too stoopid to join this retarded experiment called Amrecia !

by Anonymousreply 40September 4, 2022 4:56 PM

R40 You're fortunate to have been born here, I guess. You sound stupid yourself.

by Anonymousreply 41September 4, 2022 5:00 PM

"Screen each one for stupidity and send them back if they're too stoopid to join this retarded experiment called Amrecia !"

If you did that to Americans actually born here, the population would probably decrease by 2/3, especially among the MAGAt crowd.

by Anonymousreply 42September 4, 2022 5:02 PM

Too bad there isn't a law that says we should send self congratulating and pompous assholes like R15 and R16 back to whatever European shithole country from whence they came.

by Anonymousreply 43September 4, 2022 5:07 PM

Does a prisoner in back of a police car get to direct the cop where he can and cannot stop?

by Anonymousreply 44September 4, 2022 5:18 PM

[quote] It does seem that Texas does have the brunt of border issues and it needs to be addressed.

"Seems" is correct, not because they [italic]do[/italic] bear the brunt, but because they bitch about it non-stop, deal with the situation poorly, take advantage of the immigrants crossing the border, and Abbott loves playing the victim, particularly in an election year when being mean to brown people scores cheap points with his mouth-breathing base. And when you look at the actual numbers, the truth shines through: California has more immigrants than Texas and Florida combined (as those three states account for the majority of immigrants both legal and undocumented), but you don't hear Gov. Newsom threatening to send immigrants east, and DeathSentence doesn't want to upset the flow of cheap labor that keeps Florida running, particularly down south in the Palm Beach tourist region.

And that last point strikes to the heart of how we can solve the illegal immigration problem, practically overnight: hold the people who employ undocumented immigrants accountable. If there were no jobs for them, they won't come. It is that simple. Sure, we'd still have asylum seekers and people fleeing horrific conditions, but the vast, vast majority of illegal immigration is to seek employment, made possible by businesses willing to take the (minimal, since we rarely hold them accountable) risk in exchange for cheap labor.

We need a brace journalist to stand up and ask Abbot one simple question: when was the last time a Texas employer was charged, let alone convicted, of violating State and Federal employment and immigration law?

by Anonymousreply 45September 4, 2022 5:44 PM

Is Lightfoot a zombie? She looks like one and her policies make no sense.

by Anonymousreply 46September 4, 2022 5:51 PM

I wonder how many of those stories-high crosses those busses passed on their way out of the state,

by Anonymousreply 47September 4, 2022 6:42 PM

The problem no one wants to deal with.

Poor people.

by Anonymousreply 48September 4, 2022 6:55 PM

Imagine if world population became so high they started incinerating the poor people in camps. Look at what happened in n the world's most populous country (one child policy).

Joe Rogan already jokes about shooting the homeless.

Human life is cheap. It doesn't have to be.

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by Anonymousreply 49September 4, 2022 7:01 PM

Yasssss Black Kween Yasssssss

by Anonymousreply 50September 4, 2022 8:07 PM

Is Mayor Lightfoot related to Gordon?

by Anonymousreply 51September 4, 2022 8:12 PM

[quoe] Isn't it an abduction, to take someone without their consent?

They do consent. They're offered the opportunity to be sent to another part of the US while waiting for their application for asylum to come up for a hearing. Those who are willing get on the buses. Technically, they're free to leave the buses at any time, but those who've tried to get off before reaching their destination have been prevented from doing so, leading them to phone 911 and report they are being held against their will.

The majority of the border crossers are playing the seeking asylum game, hoping to get residency in the US as a result. Since our asylum system is completely overwhelmed, we are releasing these people in the US to let them stay until they get their hearing and a decision as to whether asylum is granted or they get kicked out of the country. The usual process from the federal end is to find sponsors or relatives living in the US who will agree to take them in and take financial responsibility for them until their hearing. In reality, what happens with an awful lot of these people is that they disappear - never show for their hearing, try to live in the US as an undocumented person.

Also, a significant number of southern border crossers don't come from Mexico or South America. They're from China, India, Haiti, and other countries.

Drug cartels have gotten into the human trafficking/transportation business, and it's hugely lucrative. They promise people all around the world that they will get them into the country of their choice - for a fee, natch. From a humanitarian standpoint, it is critical for all countries to crack down on border crossers. It's highly dangerous and exploitative to the migrants, not to mention the impact it has on the countries being swarmed by what are mostly economic migrants.

by Anonymousreply 52September 4, 2022 9:38 PM

Sanctuary Cities are not having to put their money where their mouths are. It was easy when Northern Cities away from the border, or shitty Mid Western cities where no illegal immigrants would even want to go were calling themselves “sanctuary cities”. That is like Missouri calling itself a “Manatee Poaching Free Zone”. It doesn’t mean anything. Now, they have to actually do what they signed up. It get why they don’t like it. But, if Abbot wants to give free bus tickets, and if the illegal immigrants want to take it, that is their prerogative.

I don’t see why Chicago needs to do anything about it. Chicago always has plenty of homeless people. Just ignore them like you do to actual Americans. .

by Anonymousreply 53September 4, 2022 10:17 PM

[quote] It was easy when Northern Cities away from the border, or shitty Mid Western cities where no illegal immigrants would even want to go were calling themselves “sanctuary cities”.

The midwest is full of illegals. Who do think works in our restaurants and meat packing plants?

by Anonymousreply 54September 5, 2022 1:46 AM

R54 Black people. And poor whites.

by Anonymousreply 55September 5, 2022 8:51 AM


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