Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) has been a vocal critic of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) policy of busing migrants to other cities, and Sunday he took that criticism to a new level by accusing Abbott of specifically attacking cities run by black leaders.
Please include me as one of the attackers. Undisputed fact: Black Mayors in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York are horrible! https://t.co/MQo7xdPCRY
— LeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) January 8, 2024
Johnson appeared with MSNBC host Al Sharpton to discuss the impact that busing migrants to cities like Chicago, New York City and others is having on those sanctuary cities.
The conversation began with Johnson stating that local governments were not built to handle a crisis like the one they are facing and calling on more federal assistance. About two minutes into the interview, Sharpton seems to change the direction of the conversation.
“It puts a tremendous burden on you and other Democratic mayors, I may add many black mayors have been the focal point of this,” Sharpton says. He goes on to discuss the $700 million lawsuit being brought against bus companies by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and then allows Johnson to respond.
“He is attacking democratically-run cities, and particularly cities that are being led by Black leaders or leaders-of-color. This is unconscionable. I mean, it’s a very raggedy approach. And quite frankly, not only is it reckless and raggedy, but it is evil-spirited,” Johnson said during an appearance on MSNBC.
Many designated sanctuary cities like Chicago and New York City are led by black, Democratic mayors and it is those sanctuary cities that are being targeted by the busing policies. Those policies, however, were created for a reason.
Republican Governors like Greg Abbott began busing migrants from the border to show the rest of the country the extent of the crisis. The complaints from Johnson, Adams and others over the thousands of migrants coming into their cities pale in comparison to the more than 2.5 million migrants that crossed the border last year.
Leaders from both sides of the issue seem to agree on one thing, and that is that the federal government is not doing enough to stop the crisis at the border and it is the border states and sanctuary cities that are feeling the effects of that.