According to the Post Millennial, mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Lori Lightfoot of Chicago levied the complaint against Polis on the grounds that “neither city had any additional room to accommodate any more migrants.”
They also called the practice “inhumane,” and claimed that “overburdening other cities is not the solution,” despite both of the city’s status as sanctuaries for illegals.
“Before the first bus arrived in either of our cities, we informed a Colorado official directly that neither city had any additional room to accommodate any more migrants because of the thousands of migrants that had already been inhumanely bused to our respective cities from Texas since spring of 2022,” the letter reads.
Adams took to the radio to complain about Polis’s move.
“This is just unfair for local governments to have to take on this national obligation,” he added. Adams did not express any concern for cities along the border that have been overrun by illegal aliens.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock declared a state of emergency in December due to the influx of immigrant aliens from the US-Mexico border, prompting action from Polis.
“States and cities not on the border are ill-equipped to address these challenges, and absent federal support and leadership, we’re left to strategize and take actions to ensure this vulnerable population – people who’ve come here with no resources or means – are safe and treated humanely,” Hancock said in a statement.
Polis’s administration argued that they are assisting migrants in reaching their intended destinations, as 70% of them want to move farther north and east.
In response to the letter, Polis met with Adams and Lightfoot. After the meeting, he announced that there are “no more buses scheduled for migrants from Denver to Chicago at this time.”
The final bus will arrive in New York on Sunday.
Neither Adams nor Lightfoot rescinded their city’s status as a sanctuary city—where migrants can live without fear of deportation—despite their complaints about the increased migrant population.