Jared Polis, the Governor of Colorado, has officially released a statement in which he stated that he will no longer be relocating migrants by bus to either Chicago or New York City in the wake of being sent a letter coming from both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and New York City Mayor Eric Adams in which they demand outright demanded that he put an end to the practice.
This past Saturday, Polis finally agreed to stop all of his efforts in transporting to those 2 particular locations.
“[T]he Governor had a very productive conversation with Mayor Adams and Mayor Lightfoot today where he shared that there are no more buses scheduled for migrants from Denver to Chicago at this time, and the final chartered transportation to New York City will be successfully completed tomorrow,” expressed a statement from the Colorado governor’s office.
“The state is partnering with the city of Denver and non-profits to continue assisting the city of Denver to continue to ensure this process is being conducted in a humane manner,” continued the recent announcement.
The letter sent to the governor was direct and to the point about the needs of the cities regarding the busing of migrants.
“It is apparent that the influx of asylum seekers has provoked consternation amongst states. Although we share the concerns of accommodating the flood of asylum seekers, overburdening other cities is not the solution. We respectfully demand that you cease and desist sending migrants to New York City and Chicago,” stated the letter sent out to Polis.
The letter also spoke about the various statement made to the media by Polis that previously downplayed the role of his state in regard to the transporting of migrants.
“We have seen your statements in the media that you are simply accommodating the wishes of migrants to come to cities like New York City and Chicago,” the letter explained.
“Both our cities are working tirelessly to ensure that migrants are able to reach their desired destinations where they are reunited with loved ones. However, you are sending migrants and families to New York City and Chicago that do not have any ties, family members or community networks to welcome them, and at a time where both cities are at maximum capacity in shelter space and available services,” stated the pair of mayors.
Previously, Polis spoke about a report sent from Adams attempting to explain just why Colorado was busing some migrants to New York City. The mayor’s office made the claim that roughly 70% of all migrants making it to Denver did not intend Colorado to be their final stop.
“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,” concluded the Democrat Governor as part of a Tuesday statement.