Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has requested $54 million from the state legislature of Illinois to pay for urgent assistance for refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants.
Tribune reporters were able to get a hold of a letter from Chicago alderwoman Lightfoot asking for this very thing. She mentioned that the administration of Governor JB Pritzker had written a letter informing the city that they would be unable to continue funding for migrant services as of February 1, 2023, due to a lack of resources.
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Lightfoot wrote on December 29 that the city was “grateful to the state of Illinois for its partnership and cooperation to date on this mission,” but that without the state’s financial support, the city would be unable to continue providing migrant services at “today’s levels.”
A member of the Chicago delegation writes to you, “I respectfully request that you lobby for $53.5 million to the City of Chicago for Emergency Services for Migrants and Asylum Seekers in an Additional Funds Bill open to consideration before the adjournment of Illinois’ 102nd General Assembly.”
During A Press Conference On September 14, Mayor Lori Lightfoot And Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Addressed The Arrival Of migrants
The city “accommodated an unusually large number of migrants who were forced to leave Texas by bus,” Lightfoot wrote and has seen an influx of people from Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and various African countries. She reported that Chicago is caring for 1,531 migrants at 11 different shelters where they are provided with food, clothing, and hygiene services.
Lightfoot has stated that the $53.5 million she is aiming for is what the city needs to spend on “services to migrants” by June 30. This amount, however, will increase depending on how many new migrants arrive in Chicago.
She stated that the city had made a “multimillion-dollar investment” to aid migrants, but that “without government support, these funds will fall far short of meeting these ongoing needs.”
To counter what he sees as the congestion caused by federal immigration policies in Texas’s border towns, Republican Governor Greg Abbott has sent buses full of migrants who crossed into Texas to cities that have declared themselves to be “sanctuary cities,” such as Washington, DC, New York City, and Chicago. Several mayors, including Lightfoot, voiced their disapproval of the move, calling it a “racist” and “inhumane” publicity stunt.
The state has spent over $120 million and has helped provide housing and services to 3,700 people, according to a letter sent to city officials from Alicia Tate-Nadeau, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Grace Hou, secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services. According to the letter obtained by the Tribune, government agencies “have exhausted all available fiscal resources to operate the asylum-seeker mission.”
Help For Immigrants Bused In From Texas Is Being Sought By The Mayor Of Chicago
As the Republican-led state of Texas engages in a political battle over the immigration policies of the Obama administration, Chicago officials have asked the public for volunteers and donations to assist immigrants who are being bused to the city from Texas.
The second group of immigrants, numbering around 50, arrived in Chicago on Sunday, days after the initial group of around 75 people did so.
Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago, said the city had not heard from any Texas officials yet, and she urged Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, to work with the city on a more humane approach to the immigrants.
Abbott’s plan to distribute the people who cross into Texas illegally involves busing them to cities in the United States led by Democratic mayors.
Lightfoot argued that the man was trying to send people across the country to an unknown location, not cargo or freight. I don’t know why he’s creating this humanitarian crisis, but he is.
Residents of Chicago who wish to lend a hand to the migrant crisis through volunteer work or financial contributions can do so via a website set up by the city.
As Lightfoot Explained, Many Groups Are Already Helping Out
“We’re a welcoming city, and that means we’ll always take the initiative to do the right thing for migrants who arrive in our community.” Said Lightfoot.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has requested $54 million from Illinois state legislators to help pay for urgent services for asylum seekers and migrants.
The demand was made by Lightfoot in a letter to state legislators from Chicago, and the Tribune was able to get a hold of the letter. She mentioned a letter sent to Chicago by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office that said the state “is out of funds and will no longer be able to support city migrant services efforts as of February 1, 2023.”
Lightfoot wrote in a letter to the state of Illinois on Thursday that the city was “grateful to the state of Illinois for its partnership and collaboration on this mission to date,” but that it would be “simply unable to provide migrant services at today’s levels after February 1, 2023” if the state withdrew its financial support.
“As a member of the Chicago delegation, I humbly ask you to support allocating $53.5 million to the city of Chicago for emergency services to migrants and asylum-seekers in a supplemental appropriations bill that may be considered before the 102nd Illinois General Assembly adjourns.”
Lightfoot noted that the city had received “an unusually large number of migrants who have been compelled to leave Texas by bus transport,” including people from Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and various African countries. According to her article, Chicago is caring for 1,531 migrants at 11 different shelters where they are provided with food, clothing, and hygiene services.
She said the city has spent “multimillions of dollars” on aid for migrants, but that “these funds without state assistance will not be nearly sufficient to address this ongoing need.”
As part of a pushback against federal immigration policies, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been sending busloads of migrants who crossed the border into Texas to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago. He claims this is necessary to relieve what he calls “overburdened” border towns in Texas. Lightfoot, among the mayors who have spoken out against the move, has called it a “racist” and “inhumane” publicity stunt.
Alicia Tate-Nadeau, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Grace Hou, secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, wrote a letter to city officials stating that the state has spent more than $120 million and assisted in providing shelter and services to 3,700 people. In contrast, the state agencies “have exhausted all available fiscal resources for the operation of the asylum seeker mission,” according to the letter obtained by the Tribune.