There’s an old expression, “Be careful what you ask for…you just might get it.” And that’s exactly what’s happening with big, blue cities whose Democratic leaders long ago declared they were going to be “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants.
Outgoing Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who, throughout her tenure, railed at then-President Donald Trump over his immigration and border security policies, is now begging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stop busing illegal aliens to the city because Chicago’s services are being taxed to the breaking point (kind of like cities and communities in Texas that are being victimized by Joe Biden’s open border policies — but because they’re both Democrats, Lightfoot won’t complain to Biden and implore him to adopt Trump’s policies instead).
Lightfoot went on CNN to complain about policies she’s regularly backed after sending Abbott a letter and not hearing back.
“We have not heard anything back. And frankly, I didn’t expect to hear anything back, but I felt like it was important to once again try to engage the governor, but also let him know what his policies and practices are doing in cities like Chicago. We are completely tapped out. We have no more space. No more resources. And frankly, we’re already in a surge,” she whined.
“We’ve been seeing over the last two to three weeks, 200 plus people coming to Chicago every single day. We call them walk-ins, because they’re not coming on buses, but they are coming on planes from San Antonio, and we’re very concerned, because they don’t seem like they’re getting screened at the border. We’ve seen people coming with serious medical issues,” she continued.
“What’s getting lost in what the governor is doing is the fact that these are human beings. In any other emergency, you would be coordinating. You would be collaborating. You would be talking about specifically what the needs of the people are,” remarked Lightfoot, whose city began a crime-ridden collapse under her disastrous watch.
“We’ve seen people come off of these buses that he has sent who are victims of sexual assault, who have serious medical conditions that can’t be dealt with by the paramedics that we have on-site. They’ve got to be rushed to the hospital. Women who are in such an advanced stage of labor that they literally get off the bus and give birth within one of our facilities. That doesn’t make any sense,” she went on.
Lightfoot concluded: “So if we don’t put the humanity of these migrants front and center — I understand, and I’m solely compassionate to the fact that the borders are themselves really overrun, but you don’t solve that problem by simply sticking people on buses to a city that they didn’t ask to, for an uncertain future, and now we are literally full.”
Sanctuary cities provide protection through a variety of means, including the refusal to use local resources to aid in immigration enforcement and the implementation of policies that limit cooperation with federal authorities. While some argue that sanctuary cities are a necessary means of protecting immigrant communities, others believe that they undermine federal law and encourage illegal immigration.
Sanctuary cities are not a new concept. In fact, they have been in existence in some form or another for over 30 years. The term “sanctuary city” was first used in the 1980s to describe cities that provided a haven for illegal Central American migrants.
Critics of sanctuary cities argue that they create a safe haven for illegal immigrants, encourage illegal immigration, and undermine the rule of law. They also argue that sanctuary policies make it more difficult for federal authorities to enforce immigration laws and increase the risk of crime in communities.
But Democrats have been all-in for them — until they have to deal with the same problems Republicans in border states have had to deal with.