Democratic Mayors Eric Adams (New York City) and Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) sent a joint “cease and desist” to the Colorado governor and Democrat Jared Polis, demanding that busing migrants stop.
“Although we share the concerns of accommodating the flood of asylum seekers, overburdening other cities is not the solution. We respectfully demand that you cease and desist sending migrants to New York City and Chicago,” the letter reads, reports the Washington Examiner.
NEW: Sanctuary city mayors Eric Adams (NYC) & Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) have sent a letter to Colorado’s Democrat Governor Jared Polis, demanding that he “cease and desist” from busing migrants to their cities, adding that their services have been “exhausted” by buses from Texas.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 8, 2023
“Before the first bus arrived in either of our cities, we informed a Colorado official directly that neither city had any additional room to accommodate any more migrants because of the thousands of migrants that had already been inhumanely bused to our respective cities from Texas since spring of 2022.”
Adams recently complained to a morning radio show that he was notified on Monday that “the governor of Colorado is now stating that they are going to be sending migrants to places like New York and Chicago.”
“This is just unfair for local governments to have to take on this national obligation,” he added.
Over 3,500 migrants have arrived in Denver from the US-Mexico border since December 9, reports Axios. Mayor Michael Hancock has declared a state of emergency because of this. “States and cities not on the border are ill-equipped to address these challenges, and absent federal support and leadership, we’re left to strategize and take actions to ensure this vulnerable population – people who’ve come here with no resources or means – are safe and treated humanely,” a statement said.
Polis has said that his administration is trying to help migrants get to their final destinations because most don’t plan on staying in Colorado. He would eventually, though, give in to Adams’ request. a statement from Polis’s office on Saturday said he “had a very productive conversation with Mayor Adams and Mayor Lightfoot” where he shared that there are “no more buses scheduled for migrants from Denver to Chicago at this time.”
Mayor Adams tweeted in support for NYC remaining a sanctuary city as recently as October of 2021.
“‘We should protect our immigrants.’ Period,” he wrote.
“Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration.”
"We should protect our immigrants." Period.
Yes, New York City will remain a sanctuary city under an Adams administration. #EricOnNBC
— Eric Adams (@ericadamsfornyc) October 20, 2021