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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024 - Posted by Rich Miller

* SJ-R quoting Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson

“For the first time in the history of the world, a local municipality has asked to establish, build, maintain and operate a migrant resettlement,” he said.

Um. The history of the world?

* More from the SJ-R

House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is calling on a statewide moratorium when it comes to accepting migrants, claiming the expense is too high for the state.

“We have to take care of what is here today,” McCombie, R-Savanna, said during a press conference last week. “But we do not have the services that can accommodate this influx of folks.”

Just hit the “off” switch. Easy peasy.

       

29 Comments
  1. - Jerry - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 9:24 am:

    Tell Tony to call Gregg in Texas. That’s who his problem is with. Thank you.


  2. - Dan Johnson - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 9:52 am:

    Immigration is one of the answers to our pension problems. We rely on economic and population growth and without it, our fiscal problems multiply.


  3. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 9:55 am:

    Yeah. Just stating we now have a moratorium is going to stop things. If Rep. McCombie is concerned perhaps she can call up her fellow Republican in Texas and ask him to stop sending migrants here. It is an individual from her party that is doing this.


  4. - allknowingmasterofraccoondom - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:09 am:

    Demoralized at 9:55 “If Rep. McCombie is concerned perhaps she can call up her fellow Republican in Texas and ask him to stop sending migrants here. It is an individual from her party that is doing this.”

    So what is the answer? Where should “Gregg” send them?


  5. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:20 am:

    –Um. The history of the world?–

    Part I.


  6. - Bigtwich - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:25 am:

    “So what is the answer? Where should “Gregg” send them?”

    You need to ask Rep. McCombie about that.


  7. - Charles Edward Cheese - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:26 am:

    Wonderful idea Minority Leader McCombie, sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones! /s
    Their statement is giving me real Michael Scott from The Office “I declare bankruptcy!”, vibes.


  8. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:40 am:

    Jane Addams must be rolling in her grave.


  9. - Pundent - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 10:47 am:

    =House Minority Leader Tony McCombie is calling on a statewide moratorium=

    The US GOP House disagrees.


  10. - H-W - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 11:08 am:

    As noted previously, I am not a fan of “first name” politics. It suggest all leaders are not to be taken seriously, and that their positions are unworthy of respect. But I digress.

    It seems to me the proper solution Gov. Abbott should be following is seeking help, rather than enhancing chaos. Rep. McCombie should be collaborating with her colleagues to find workable solutions, rather than advocating a do-nothing for the poor and oppressed seeking asylum approach.

    If we are to be leaders in the realm of politics, the choice always exists between advocating rhetoric, and advocating on behalf of the people. And with a divided people, the solution is always in between unless one side chooses to abuse the people.

    Find common ground. That’s why you serve. Rep. McCombie needs to be signaling Gov. Abbott that his practices are unacceptable and ineffective, both here and there. No one benefits by enhancing chaos. Gov. Abbott needs to learn that he can accomplish more by working with the other United States, rather than working against them by his own unnecessary and ineffective design.


  11. - Jocko - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 11:22 am:

    ==For the first time in the history of the world==

    Will social studies teacher Mr. Johnson be weighing in?


  12. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 11:40 am:

    Is Mayor Brandon Johnson relying on his set of CliffsNotes to direct his term as mayor of the third largest city in the US?


  13. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 11:57 am:

    I don’t understand why we allowed Abbott to get off so easy.
    He took it upon himself to bus thousands of Texas migrants to Chicago?
    Put them back on buses and send them back to Texas.
    When he gets tired of dealing that, we can all get together as a nation and decide what to do about immigration.


  14. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:01 pm:

    ===Put them back on buses and send them back to Texas.===

    You legally can’t do that if the migrants don’t want to go. It’s why Texas has not been busted for human trafficking.

    Simple solutions are usually neither.


  15. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:03 pm:

    =You legally can’t do that…..=

    Ah. Thanks. One mystery solved.


  16. - vern - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:08 pm:

    === a statewide moratorium when it comes to accepting migrants ===

    There’s no constitutional mechanism for this as far as I know. We could do what Texas is doing - pay for their voluntary interstate travel. But there’s no way to “reject” anyone from crossing interstate borders based on immigration status, because we’re a free country.

    === For the first time in the history of the world ===

    This is the first time in the history of the world that a mayor named Brandon Johnson has made that claim, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped him from breaking precedent. Put the CYA word games aside and get to work.


  17. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:30 pm:

    ==So what is the answer? Where should “Gregg” send them?==

    All he is doing is playing politics using human beings. I think that’s disgusting.

    As for what the “answer” is, the answer is the federal government stepping in and doing something. I have no idea what that “something” is other than to tell the people yelling “build a wall” that they are idiots.


  18. - Mason Born - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:38 pm:

    –It seems to me the proper solution Gov. Abbott should be following is seeking help, rather than enhancing chaos. Rep. McCombie should be collaborating with her colleagues to find workable solutions, rather than advocating a do-nothing for the poor and oppressed seeking asylum approach.–

    No offense but Texas has been asking for help since Rick Perry was Governor. Help didn’t come. I’m not saying this is a great policy by Texas but an awful lot of Americans were happy to ignore the issue and allow the border states to bear the costs.

    –https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/texas-governor-troops-border-refugee-crisis-child-migrants –

    Just saying.


  19. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 12:41 pm:

    “calling on a statewide moratorium when it comes to accepting migrants, claiming the expense is too high for the state”

    Tell that to Republican Christianity exemplar Greg Abbott who is sending migrants to Illinois against their will.


  20. - supplied_demand - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:04 pm:

    ==No offense but Texas has been asking for help since Rick Perry was Governor. ==

    Meanwhile, they have continually killed any legislation that would help. That includes the Gang of Eight deal a few months before the article you posted. It’s almost like they don’t actually want to improve anything, but instead use it as a political tool.

    https://www.propublica.org/article/washington-congress-immigration-reform-failure


  21. - RNUG - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:07 pm:

    == sending migrants to Illinois against their will. ==

    They are asked if they want to go to Chicago.

    == the proper solution Gov. Abbott should be following is seeking help ==

    == Gov. Abbott that his practices are unacceptable and ineffective ==

    Actually, it is effective. Texas got ignored for years when they asked the Feds for help. Now other Governors are asking the Feds for help, and, instead of sweeping it under the rug, that is generating a national debate and potentially some Federal action.

    It isn’t pretty, but politics is all about the art of the possible … and since the Governor of Texas can’t take Federal action, he’s doing what is perceived to be best for Texas.


  22. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:12 pm:

    =Just saying.=

    No offense but Illinois has been asking for help on the gun violence issue since Jim Thompson was Governor. Help didn’t come. I’m not saying this is a great policy by Illinois (the recent gun legislation) but an awful lot of Americans were happy to ignore the issue and allow the big cities to bear the costs.

    Just saying.


  23. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:26 pm:

    Johnson is both incredible and incapable.


  24. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:42 pm:

    If only there was a national bipartisan border bill literally waiting for passage. A Democrat in New York turned the tables on GOP immigration messaging and won the special election last week.

    But America can’t have a national solution to the problem Republicans have been screaming about while there’s a presidential election. How can the candidate run when his main issue is taken away? How can people put their country over party at a time like this?


  25. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 1:54 pm:

    ==and since the Governor of Texas can’t take Federal action==

    Lol. Yeah. I don’t think he’s aware of that. He’s signing laws giving Texas control of the border. He’s keeping the feds out of an area of the border.


  26. - Flapdoodle - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 2:33 pm:

    ==It seems to me the proper solution Gov. Abbott should be following is seeking help, rather than enhancing chaos.==

    The “proper solution” depends on how the problem is defined. To Abbott, the problem is political, not humanitarian. “Enhancing chaos” may in his eyes therefore be very much part of the “proper solution.”


  27. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 2:39 pm:

    ==It isn’t pretty, but politics is all about the art of the possible … and since the Governor of Texas can’t take Federal action, he’s doing what is perceived to be best for Texas. ==

    Gov. Abbott got the attention he wanted, that’s for sure. But, did he really want a solution? The Republicans (including the TX delegation to Congress) have consistently rebuffed possible solutions in favor of nothing. Perhaps he should talk to his Cong. delegation about voting for one of the negotiated solutions. Or, maybe, he just wants the attention.


  28. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 3:11 pm:

    Looks like the warranty on this offer has expired “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”


  29. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Feb 20, 24 @ 4:39 pm:

    ==Or, maybe, he just wants the attention.==

    That’s exactly what the Republicans want right now. They aren’t really interested in fixing the problem right now. That’s not good politics for them. Hence the continuation of treating human beings like cattle.


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