Chicago Showing ‘Sanctuary City’ Hypocrisy

The self-proclaimed “sanctuary city” of Chicago is at a crossroads due to its strained approach to handling its share of the illegal migrants flooding the U.S. under Joe Biden’s open borders policies. Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) has introduced new municipal laws against bus companies transporting illegals into the city, showing how “sanctuary” status is actually a matter of hypocritical political convenience.

The Windy City has taken an aggressive stance against what Johnson labels “rogue” bus companies. The Chicago Tribune described the city’s response as “an incredible flurry of fines and 55 lawsuits on the bus companies he has deemed ‘rogue companies’ for violating these new rules.”

The bus companies that have been most directly targeted are largely contracted to transport illegal migrants from Texas to Chicago after they have been ordered released by the Biden White House.

The contrast between Chicago’s self-professed sanctuary identity and the aggressive action against companies working to protect illegals by offering safe transportation is telling. “The city cannot safely and efficiently shelter migrants when bus companies, contracted by the State of Texas, flagrantly violate all safety measures that the city has put in place,” said Cassio Mendoza, a spokesman for the Mayor’s office.

Ordinary Chicago citizens have not generally been pleased with Johnson’s continuation of the city’s misguided “sanctuary” policies, and his approval rating has been in free fall since he took office. He now has a mere 28% favorability rating among residents.

The situation in Chicago reflects a broader national debate over immigration and the role of sanctuary cities. The city’s actions highlight the complex and often contentious dynamics of the migrant crisis nationwide, especially in the context of widely divergent state and federal policies and law enforcement priorities.

The disparity in Chicago’s treatment of migrants poses critical questions about the sincerity of sanctuary cities in upholding their declared values. Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez (D) has shown concern about his party’s mixed messaging, saying, “I think what they’re worried about is that the Democratic Party vocalizes all kinds of things and then does not deliver, actually does quite the opposite.”