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Chicago City Council Denies Fed Up Residents Chance to Vote on Ending Sanctuary City Status

via CBS Chicago
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The Chicago City Council rejected a proposal for a non-binding referendum on Chicago’s sanctuary city status.

This decision was seen as a victory for Mayor Brandon Johnson and his supporters.

The referendum aimed to limit the city’s designation as a sanctuary city by placing spending limits on public funding. (Trending: Ousted Democrat Who Filmed Explicit Tape Blames Homophobia)

The discussion highlighted concerns about the financial impact of supporting illegal immigrants and the allocation of resources.

Supporters of the decision emphasized the need to care for migrants, while critics argued that it was a distraction from addressing the challenges posed by the influx of illegal immigrants.

The city has a “Welcoming City Ordinance” protecting illegal immigrants from deportation and ensuring access to benefits and services.

“Mr. Chairman, let me just say that I think you all had something up your sleeve,” Alderman Anthony Beale said.

“It is a shame that you all are scared. What are you scared of? To let the people have a voice? What are you scared of — the truth?”

“Are we afraid that the people are going to tell us that we are spending money frivolously? … Are we afraid that the people are going to tell us that we are headed in the wrong direction?” he said.

“I’m all for taking care of people. I am sympathetic as well.”

“However, I’m more sympathetic for the people in my community who have been paying taxes their entire life, can’t get a furnace, can’t get a roof, can’t get a hot water heater, can’t get a back porch. And my seniors are still starving for resources,” he added.

“I hope you all sleep good tonight knowing that you all continued to turn your backs on the people who are paying taxes in this city,” Beale said.

Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said, “this ordinance has nothing to do with whether or how the city provides shelter and care for the migrants being sent to Chicago.”

“Repealing the ordinance will do nothing to stop the buses from coming, or end the need that the migrants present. At best, these moves to undermine the Welcoming City Ordinance are the result of confusion and misdirection.”

“At worst, they are cynical ploys that are feeding on fear and resentment, turning neighbors and communities against each other, and dividing our city,” Tsao added.

“[T]hey don’t want to face any of that frustration, and fear, and ignorance that they may be hearing from their constituents. So they say, ‘Let’s put a question on the ballot. Let’s point that energy somewhere else, because I want to make sure I remain in my seat,’” Alderman Andre Vasquez said.

“I understand the fear, but I think that fear and ignorance is going to guide us to a place where our city and country are even more divided,” he added.

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