Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Hank Berrien.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has become the latest Democrat luminary to complain about the influx of illegal immigrants into his state. But unlike some of his cohorts, he refused to contend that efforts should be made to curb illegal immigration at the border.
In a letter to President Joe Biden, Pritzker began by noting it had been "13 months since the first bus of asylum seekers arrived in Illinois from the border,"
adding that over 15,000 people had arrived in his state. "Governors and mayors from border states have shipped people to our state like cargo in a dehumanizing attempt to score political points,"
"The people of Illinois are kind and generous,"
he first proclaimed. "We believe in the fundamental right of every human, especially those facing persecution, to find refuge and live with dignity in this great country of ours."
Then came the complaint: "But as the numbers being transported to Chicago are accelerating, the humanitarian crisis is overwhelming our ability to provide aid to the refugee population. Unfortunately, the welcome and aid Illinois has been providing to these asylum seekers has not been matched with support by the federal government. Most critically, the federal government's lack of intervention and coordination at the border has created an untenable situation for Illinois."
"Though we have found temporary housing in existing buildings for a majority of the refugees, we are challenged to find additional housing for the continuous flow of people who keep coming and are now forced to sleep in police stations and on sidewalks. This situation is untenable and requires your immediate help beyond the coming work authorizations for some of the asylum seekers,"
"As just one state in our union, we cannot lead coordination efforts at the border,"
he protested. "It cannot be that just a few cities and states should now bear the cost of this effort alone."
"I urge you, Secretary Mayorkas, and the rest of your administration to take swift action and intervene on our behalf and on behalf of the other affected states and their residents, as well as on behalf of the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who undertook a dangerous and difficult journey in hopes of attaining public safety and forging a better life for themselves and their families,"
New York Democrat governor Kathy Hochul has complained about the influx of illegal immigrants, but she has also urged stronger efforts to contain immigration. Speaking on "Face The Nation,"
she said of the border, "It is too open right now. ... We want to have a limit on who can come across the border ... People coming from all over the world are finding their way through, simply saying they need asylum, and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York, and that is a real problem for New York City. It's in our DNA to welcome immigrants. But there has to be some limits in place."