Colorado cancels plans to send migrants to NYC, Chicago amid protest from Democratic mayors

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Colorado Democratic Governor Jared Polis will stop sending migrants to New York City, Chicago and other major Democratic-led cities after mayors expressed outrage over the plan in recent weeks.

Polis had agreed to work with local authorities in Denver to help send migrants to their final destinations. Although Colorado is not a border state, it has seen a large influx of migrants seeking passage to elsewhere in the country. Mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Lori Lightfoot of Chicago last week called on Polis to end his aid as their cities also grapple with a wave of migrants.

“People fleeing violence and oppression, seeking a better life for themselves and their families, deserve our respect, not political games, and we are grateful to have been able to help migrants reach their final destination,” Polis said. about the program. “We refuse to detain people against their will if they want to travel elsewhere.”

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Adams and Lightfoot wrote to Polis in a joint letter urging him to halt its bus program after it had sent only a few hundred migrants.

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Governor Jared Polis delivers his state address at the Colorado State Capitol Building. (AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference in Chicago, Illinois.  (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference in Chicago, Illinois. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
(Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We have seen your statements in the media that you are simply accommodating migrants’ wishes to come to cities such as New York City and Chicago,” the couple wrote. “However, you are sending migrants and families to New York City and Chicago who have no ties, relatives or community networks to welcome them.”

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Adams outraged the Polis bus program at a news conference last week, comparing it to similar programs that Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used last year to flood his city with some 30,000. migrants.

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“We used to have Republican governors sending migrants to New York. Now we have Democratic governors sending migrants to New York,” Adams said Wednesday.

“What’s insensitive is how we’ve been ignored as a city. And now I have to make tough decisions about New York’s resources… it’s time for the federal government to act,” he added.

Mayor Eric Adams defended high-income people staying in NYC

Mayor Eric Adams defended high-income people staying in NYC
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Adams’ plea for federal aid comes as President Biden makes his maiden trip to the US-Mexico border on Sunday. The White House also unveiled a handful of policies last week to stem the flow at the border. They include expanding a humanitarian parole program for Venezuelan nationals to include Haitians, Cubans and Nicaraguans, as well as increasing refugee resettlement.

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However, Biden acknowledged that the changes are not up to the task.

“These actions alone that I am about to announce today will not fix our entire immigration system, but they can go a long way in helping us meet this difficult challenge,” he said Thursday.