Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is planning to transport illegal immigrants to New York City, Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday, according to Politico.
Adams’ office said that they were informed of the plans Monday night, according to Politico. The purported plans come amid an illegal immigration surge at the southern border, where federal authorities encountered a record of more than 2.3 million migrants in fiscal year 2022. (RELATED: ICE Admits It Has ‘No Records’ For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Illegal Immigrants Released With Electronic Monitors)
Polis’ office told Politico that they had been transporting illegal immigrants out of the state for weeks in an effort to get illegal immigrants to their final destinations. Recent winter weather led to a backlog in the number of illegal immigrants wanting to take the transports.
The backlog has since been resolved, according to Politico.
“No one should play politics with the lives of migrants who came here to escape oppression, and in Colorado, we are honoring our values of treating people with dignity and respect. We are simply carrying out our values of treating every human being with dignity and respect. Coloradans would expect nothing less from us to uphold our shared values to assist people fleeing oppression,” Polis also said in a statement Tuesday.
“The stories I’ve heard firsthand from migrants are heartbreaking and we are helping these individuals complete their long and arduous journey. States and cities cannot continue to bear this burden alone and Congress needs to finally step up – we need an immediate route to work permits, and to finally enact better border security and immigration reform,” Polis added.
“We were notified yesterday that the governor of Colorado is now stating that they are going to be sending migrants to places like New York and Chicago,” Adams said during an interview on the radio. “This is just unfair for local governments to have to take on this national obligation.”
Polis’ reported plans follows an effort by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, who has been busing illegal immigrants for months to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. Former Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona had also bused thousands of illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital for months.
Democratic El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser later followed suit and bused illegal immigrants to the Big Apple.
In total, New York City has received roughly 30,000 illegal immigrants since the spring, Adams said, according to Politico.
“No city should have to make a decisions if they’re going to provide for their citizens — particularly coming out of Covid — or if they’re going to deal with an onslaught of migrants and asylum seekers,” Adams said, according to Politico.
This story has been updated with comment from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
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