If I had put down my money on which governor would criticize Biden for his open borders policy, it wouldn’t have been Gov. Pritzker of Illinois. The obese tycoon of one of the most corrupt states in the country seemed like an unlikely candidate. So are these comments a testament to the poll numbers or just frustration?
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was told to prepare for up to 25 buses full of migrants each day as Chicago struggles to shelter and keep up with an influx of migrants being sent from Texas.
“Lots of communication for staff on my end and staff for the Governor of Texas,” Pritzker told NBC Chicago Tuesday. “And I’ve made it very clear that the governor needs to stop what he’s doing and that we all should be working on reform together. He shouldn’t have to deal with all of the folks who are coming across the border and staying in Texas.”
The rest is pro forma, but that last sentence is interesting. More striking is this official statement.
The situation prompted Pritzker to send a letter to President Joe Biden this week.
“In the 13 months since the first bus of asylum seekers arrived in Illinois from the border, our state has undertaken an unprecedented humanitarian response to the arrival of now over 15,000 people,” Pritzker wrote Monday. “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. 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. 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.”
Again. That last sentence.
Gov. Pritzker is generally following the same line as New York’s Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams, but mentioning the “federal government’s lack of intervention and coordination at the border” in a letter to Biden is hard to read as anything other than a direct criticism even if it’s couched in somewhat vague language.
What does it mean? Pritzker isn’t polling well on the migrant invasion, but it’s quite a while until he has to worry about an election. Sure he’s probably pandering in a state that has a sizable common sense conservative contingent, but I think it can be read as a certain amount of genuine frustration.
The open borders policy is creating massive amounts of havoc in cities and states that never had to deal with anything like it. The question is whether open borders is starting to create breaches in the party.