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The Republican mayor of suburban Chicago is calling on Windy City Mayor Lori Lightfoot after more than 60 migrants were deported to their hometown and dropped off at a local hotel.
According to Fox32, 147 migrants arrived in Chicago on Wednesday, after settling from Texas. Sixty-four of those migrants were then taken to a Hampton Inn hotel in Burr Ridge, outside Chicago, where they would stay for the shortest possible time. next 27 days.
Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso, a Republican, told Fox News that migrants are being used as “political pawns” by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
“As I understand this hotel, about a year ago, when refugees from Afghanistan came, apparently many were accepted either through faith-based or charitable organizations, but now the state recognizes that They can just send migrants… it’s not about them, migrants are fine, they are being used as political pawns by the governor and the mayor,” Grasso said.
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Grasso also said it is hypocritical for Lightfoot to complain about Texas Governor Greg Abbott sending migrants to Chicago, then turning around and “sending”. [the migrants] out” to the suburbs.
“We’re happy for people to have freedom, it’s hypocrisy by the mayor of Chicago to complain about the governor of Texas – I agree with what he’s doing – the city of Chicago says it’s a sanctuary The city is going to be built. I protest — but Chicago must have empty hotel rooms. It’s hundreds of people in a city of millions. Why are they sending them to the Republican suburbs? You have to wonder,” Grasso said.
He added that just because the specific Hampton Inn was previously used for refugees from Afghanistan, “does not give the governor or mayor carte blanche to send a couple of migrants to our village without telling us.”
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“The border situation on the southern border is a completely different situation than Afghan refugees,” Grasso said. “
A spokesman for Burr Ridge Village told NBC5 that the migrants were originally in the Salvation Army Shield of Hope in Chicago, then were taken to the Hampton Inn.
According to the report, a statement from the Illinois Department of Human Services said migrants “are seeking temporary shelter in urban and suburban hotels that have sheltered vulnerable families from Afghanistan and other parts of the world. We look to hospitality.” Grateful. And the care they have received from individuals and organizations in Illinois.”
“We will continue to take action to ensure that everyone in Illinois has access to shelter, food, health care and other basic, essential assistance,” the statement said. “We anticipate that the state of Texas will continue to settle immigrants to Illinois, and we are committed to helping to welcome new arrivals in a responsible, orderly, and compassionate manner.”
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Lightfoot has criticized Abbott several times, saying that he “lacks any morality, humanity or shame.”
“I want to say loud and clear to Greg Abbott and his supporters in Texas, with these relentless political stunts, confirming Governor Abbott that unfortunately many of us already knew, that he is without any morals. He is a man of humanity or shame,” Lightfoot said during a Sept. 1 press conference.