Illinois Democrats at odds over migrant crisis in Chicago

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, two of the most prominent Democrats in Illinois, are fighting about a growing crisis for their state.

Pritzker expressed frustration with how Johnson has handled the migrant crisis afflicting Chicago, saying he was “deeply concerned” with the mayor’s decision to no longer set up shelter spaces for migrants because of the steep financial cost.

“We do not have enough shelter as it is in the city of Chicago,” the governor told reporters.

In response, the city pointed out that the state “has the authority to fund, stand up and operate a shelter” in any of the state’s municipalities if they choose to do so, including Chicago.

“The city of Chicago has carried the entire weight of the new arrival mission, sheltering nearly every asylum seeker
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