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“Not Another Dollar For Illegals”: Chicago Residents Slam City’s Migrant Influx

In a charged city council meeting, Chicago residents expressed vehement opposition to local leaders’ handling of the migrant crisis, criticizing the allocation of taxpayer funds to support thousands of asylum seekers.

Amid escalating tensions surrounding immigration policies, residents voiced concerns over resource depletion and neglect of American communities in favor of aiding migrants.

Anger Over Resource Allocation

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Residents voiced frustration over the approval of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to accommodate over 35,000 migrants who have been brought to Chicago and its suburbs in the past year and a half.

Many argued that the influx has strained city resources and neglected the needs of local communities.

Resident Outcry

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During public comments at the city council meeting, residents expressed anger and disillusionment with the situation.

Junking Up Our Country

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One resident accused authorities of “emptying out the dregs of their jails” into the United States, contributing to the deterioration of local communities.

He added, “They’re junking up our country. And yeah, we feel some kind of way about it because it’s our country.”

Not Another Dollar

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Another speaker demanded “not another dollar for illegals” after Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker said he plans to spend an additional $252 million for Chicago’s migrant crisis response.

Demand for Fiscal Responsibility

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Some speakers even called for city council members to donate their salaries to the cause if they are truly concerned about the issue.

Government Spending on Migrant Crisis

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Governor Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle have pledged significant sums of money to support migrants in Chicago.

This includes $182 million from the state and up to $70 million from the county for wraparound services and health care.

Transparency Measures

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Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza has launched a public website to track state spending on the migrant crisis, aiming to provide transparency for taxpayers concerned about the allocation of funds.

Decrease in Shelter Population

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Despite the influx of migrants, recent data indicates a decline in the number of migrants staying at shelters in Chicago.

Figures have dropped below 13,000 as of last week, marking a decrease from previous peaks observed in January.

Additional Funding Needed

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State, county, and city officials estimate that around $321 million is needed to maintain shelter and services for migrants throughout the year.

Mayor Brandon Johnson and the city of Chicago are still responsible for covering approximately $70 million in associated costs.

Mayor’s Response

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Mayor Johnson acknowledged the need for additional funds but noted that there are ongoing discussions to address the matter.

He emphasized the importance of finding solutions to ensure the well-being of both migrants and local residents.

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