Chicago Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson compared Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s treatment of migrants at the southern border to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Johnson and Denver Mayor Mike Johnston appeared on “Face The Nation” to discuss the ongoing border calamity and how it’s impacting communities across the country.
CBS host Margaret Brennan asked Johnson about the “state” people are in when showing up to his city, referencing a 5-year-old boy dying after becoming ill in a Chicago migrant shelter.
“Very quickly before I let you go, I read, Mayor Johnson of Chicago, less than two weeks ago, a five-year-old boy died after falling ill in a migrant shelter in your city. What state are people showing up in and what is the health risk here, if any?” Brennan asked.
“Well, our condolences are still with the family and we continue to pray for the family who lost their- their- their child. I’m a father of three. This is just an unimaginable pain,” Johnson responded.
“But what is very clear is that, not only are we providing mental health related services, as well as vaccinations and health screenings, and providing medical health care for these families when they arrive, the moment they get off those buses, we’re not seeing that same treatment on the border. In other words, there’s no health screenings, no vaccinations. That process at the border is absolutely raggedy and reckless,” he continued.
“But we cannot have a governor who decides that he’s going to cling to the vestiges of Jefferson Davis, when we should be pulling to the hopes and aspirations that were left by Frederick Douglass. We have to have a coordinated response to this humanitarian crisis. We cannot allow chaos to dictate and to divide this country,” he added.
X users blasted Johnson’s remarks:
How about clinging to the U.S. Constitution!
“The UnitedStates shall guarantee to EVERY State in this Union a Republican Form of Gov’t, and shall PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST Invasion”
U.S. Constitution: Article lV Section 4
“The Guarantee Clause”… https://t.co/dgO5l81PR5
— 𝕏NEWS NANCY𝕏 (@9NewsNancy) December 31, 2023
You bragged about being a sanctuary city. Cry more, Commie. https://t.co/VJiFem9AD9
— 🌺Rhonda (@rhondacarlisle9) January 1, 2024
This guy is worse than Beetlejuice https://t.co/cM0J7grUlo
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 31, 2023
Daily Caller reports:
Johnson recently received backlash after five year old Jean Carlos Martinez Rivero died this December in an overcrowded Pilsen shelter located in the sanctuary city. Shortly after the tragic death, Johnson placed the blame on the “lack of coordination” from both Abbott and the Biden administration.
The Texas governor began flying migrants over to the sanctuary city in December after Johnson repeatedly complained about Abbott’s busing program. Abbot boasted that the state has bused “over 82,900 migrants to sanctuary cities” in order to ease the high numbers at the state’s border, noting that over 24,500 of those migrants have headed to Chicago.
Johnson said the Texas governor was sowing “seeds of chaos” by sending buses and planes filled with migrants without prior warning.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 31, 2023
From The Hill:
In an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” Johnson confirmed the city of Chicago had seen the arrival of several buses of migrants in the past several nights — and that yesterday, the City had even received an unexpected flight arriving in the city.
“The governor of Texas, Governor Abbott, is determined to continue to sow seeds of chaos. And last night, and several nights before, a number of buses continued to arrive in the city of Chicago, throughout the country without any coordination,” Johnson said. “And now he’s taken on this very dangerous task of placing individuals on airplanes and flying them into our various cities.”
“This is certainly a matter of, not just of our national security, but it’s the type of chaos that this governor is committed to administering,” Johnson added.Advertisement
Johnson accused Abbott of being “afraid and mad” at the migrant situation at the southern border and acknowledged the difficulty Abbott faces. The problem, Johnson said, is the lack of coordination between Abbott and the officials running the cities to which he is sending the migrants. Johnson said that only creates more chaos.
“What we have said repeatedly is that we need Congress to act to provide the resources that are needed in order to carry out this mission,” Johnson said. “But what we can’t have is a governor in the state of Texas, acting the way he is acting and quite frankly, the rogue buses that are being dropped off across this country in the middle of the night, leaving people with no real support at all, no coordination with the local municipalities.”