Sanctuary City Axes Many Benefits For Illegals

Chicago, once a haven for undocumented immigrants, is shifting its stance due to the increasing influx. Mayor Brandon Johnson’s office announced last Friday that a new policy would limit the stay of undocumented immigrants in city-run shelters to 60 days, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The policy will be rolled out in phases, starting with those who arrived last year. Notices will be issued on December 4th, instructing immigrants who arrived before August to depart. By February 1st, a follow-up notice will be dispatched for those who registered later. After this point, newcomers will be informed that they have a 60-day grace period to rely on the city’s resources.

Despite being evicted from the shelter, they can still return to designated city “landing zones” to recommence their stay.

According to Mayor Johnson, the new phase of this plan is built on three fundamental principles. These include creating resettlement opportunities, integrating immigrants into the community and reuniting families, generating jobs through the New Arrivals Mission, and developing public infrastructure for the greater good.

Johnson emphasized the importance of treating new arrivals humanely. “With appropriate support, they can become valuable contributors to our economy, culture, and society,” the Mayor stated. He further acknowledged the need to address the fears and anxiety of both taxpayers and asylum seekers.

The Mayor called on all levels of government to expedite the integration of newcomers into the workforce. However, the firm deadline could be adjusted if undocumented immigrants actively seek housing and employment, reported WLS.

Meanwhile, Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the state would be reducing rental assistance for undocumented immigrants. The support will now be limited to three months, with no provision for those arriving in Chicago post-Friday.

Kirstin Chernawsky from the Illinois Department of Human Services stated the decision was made to ensure the available funds could benefit everyone in the shelter system. Despite the increased arrival of over 21,000 undocumented immigrants in the past year, Mayor Johnson assured that there is no policy change underway.

Chicago will always uphold its status as a sanctuary city, he assured. However, some City Council members have proposed a referendum on the city’s sanctuary status, established by Mayor Harold Washington in 1985.

They believe that the city’s circumstances have changed significantly since then and that the residents should have a say. Alderman Anthony Beale suggested a non-binding question to gauge public opinion on the city’s financial commitment to migrant services.