Missouri AG Considers Legal Action After Kansas City Becomes Sanctuary City

FILE - Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico are lined up for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. Texas began flying migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 20, a week after the city took a tougher stance on the buses that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending north since last year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

In a letter from Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, the AG warns the mayor not to bring illegal immigrants into Missouri.

The document sent to Lucas stated, “We are a nation governed by the rule of law. Yet, under the current Administration in Washington, DC, laws that don’t align with a radically progressive agenda are simply ignored. Chief among these are laws that prohibit illegal immigration into our country and into the State of Missouri.”

“Yet, against the backdrop of literally millions of illegal aliens flooding our borders, overwhelming the social safety net of large American cities, and in some cases even committing violent crimes against our citizens, you are actively encouraging them to come to the Show Me State. ‘All are welcome in Kansas City. Proud to work with my fellow mayors [from Denver and NYC] as we work to ensure decompression of new arriving communities…’ you proclaimed on social media this week,” Baily added.

Lucas made the statements in a post to X.

Lucas later amended his statements to be about those with work permits.

Bailey slammed the comments as “widely irresponsible” and that he was encouraging “Missouri businesses to become entangled in a fundamentally unlawful program, and exposing them to legal liability in the process.” The AG also cited the accused murderer of Laken Riley, Jose Ibarra, who also had a “so-called ‘work permit'” to discourage the mayor from taking any action in bringing illegal immigrants to the state.

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