Now Chicago: Mayor to give millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded relief benefits to illegal immigrants


CHICAGO, IL – When Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot isn’t refusing to cooperate with ICE, she is writing checks for illegal immigrants.

Specifically, she’s handing over state-funded relief checks for COVID-19. In a press release from the mayor’s office on April 7th, she detailed what all illegal immigrants will have access to.

With the announcement of the executive order, creatively titled “Protect Immigrant and Refugee Communities During Covid-19,” Mayor Lightfoot stated the following:

“This order is more than just an official decree; it is a statement of our values as a city and as Americans. Since COVID-19 first reached our city’s doorstep, we have been working around the clock to ensure all our residents are secure and supported, including our immigrant and refugee communities.”

The mayor went on to proclaim how illegal immigrants are somehow “most vulnerable” to the caveats that surround the pandemic. In an effort to tug on folks’ proverbial heartstrings, she also noted:

“Here in Chicago, saying ‘we are all in this together’ means that during this crisis, no one gets left out and no one gets left behind.”

Let’s go down the list of all the things that will be afforded to those who are in Chicago illegally:

“Establishing the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program, which provides disaster relief aid for the housing costs faced by individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

That has to be one of the most unique ways of saying “we’re going to give illegal aliens money for free.”

That’s exactly what a grant is, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were somewhere around the $1,200 mark, either. That suspected amount comes from what Michael D. Rodriguez mentioned on the press release:

“Not all of Chicago’s residents qualify for federal stimulus checks, state unemployment insurance or other economic assistance due to their documentation status.”

Why the habitual use of such “politically correct” phraseology at every given opportunity? We don’t call bank robberies “non-account holder withdrawals”; so, we should really stop this “documentation status” nonsense when referring to illegal immigrants.

 The second benefit being afforded to illegal immigrants is:

“Offering online Enrichment Learning Resources through Chicago Public Schools for all students at all levels, so that each student, regardless of immigration status, can continue to pursue a top-notch education.”

Overall, that’s not exactly the most egregious of things, considering that online schooling was going to happen anyway. Extra pupils tuning in to the teacher isn’t going to be a crazy financial burden.

However, the third benefit does involve a hefty amount of coin that can find its way into illegal immigrants’ pockets:

“Starting a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide small businesses with disaster relief cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is available to any entrepreneur, including immigrant business owners.”

That tidbit right there, despite it noting that the funds would be for “any entrepreneur,” will likely only be allocated for illegal immigrant business owners. The reason for that? There’s already existing SBA assistance detailed federally for American citizens.

In California, days after a handful of Democratic Congress members pushed for the amendment of the CAREs Act to include illegal immigrants into the federal stimulus payout, now Governor Newsom is considering using state funds to do the same.

Governor Gavin Newsom said on April 7th that stimulus payments from the state level are “being considered” when it comes to illegal immigrants in California. Newsom stated that a state-designed plan is in the works regarding a form of an economic stimulus which he believes will be ready some time in May.

According to the California governor, he believes this is what residents in the state would truly want:

“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state.”

Well, there’s a difference between caring “deeply” and shelling out some cash. All things considered; compassion doesn’t have to have a price tag.

A stimulus check does.

With all the noise around the stimulus, tweets from the likes of AOC aren’t helping the conversation either.

She shared this bit of lunacy recently:

“If you don’t believe undocumented workers should have access to relief during #COVID19, does that mean you’re willing return the billions they pay in taxes each year? Will you defund your schools? Or, in this moment, will we recognize that we should just take care of each other?”

We all know that AOC can’t handle math very well. So, I can help in that department.

Illegal immigrants have been cited as paying around $11.74 billion in state and local taxes a year. Those figures came from a 2017 study called “Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions.” Yet, according to the study called “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayer.” illegal immigrants cost Americans about $113 billion a year.

I believe some would call that a cost saving benefit. But hey, what do I know?

A mentioned earlier, some Democrats in Congress are pushing for relief checks for all illegal immigrants in the country.

Leave it to the progressive left to try and use American tax dollars to provide relief to illegal immigrants.

On April 3rd, three Democratic members of Congress introduced what was called the “Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act.”

I guess they called it that since it sounds more palatable than “Illegals Immigrants Want Money Too.”

The three responsible for crafting this proposed act are Lou Correa, Judy Chu, and Raúl Grijalva.

From what the press release says of this proposed amendment to the CAREs Act, it aims to correct “an egregious error” present in the current iteration of the relief act.

That “egregious error” cited is the fact that relief checks are only going to be sent to American citizens. Call me crazy, but I don’t think that was an “error” in drafting, I’m pretty sure that was intentional.

The crafty little piece of legislation refers to illegal immigrants as “ITIN taxpayers,” to imply that they’re somehow being robbed of what’s due to them. While people here illegally and employed using an ITIN are paying taxes, that doesn’t mean the federal government should reward one’s illegal presence.

Rep. Correa stated the following about his proposed act:

“I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act. These taxpayers work in critical sectors of our economy, like agriculture, and contribute greatly to our country.”

Apparently, Rep. Correa forgot the word “illegal” before immigrants.

The congressman’s statement went on to attempt to evoke a false equivalency in his justification:

“The coronavirus doesn’t care about a person’s wealth, job, or immigration status.”

Well, anyone can tell that a virus doesn’t regard any of the aforementioned.

However, every established country does care about someone’s “immigration status.”

In Canada, people illegally entering the country can get up to two years in prison. In Finland, they can land one year. Heck, even France will lock someone up for a year the first time, and three years on the second offense.

Yet, Democrats want the U.S. to hook up those illegally in our country with $1,200.

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Rep. Chu had the following to note about the proposed act:

“The CARES Act is meant to help our whole economy survive this crisis. You cannot do that by excluding entire segments of the population.”

That’s odd, but when I was reading through the CAREs Act section called “Subtitle B—Rebates and Other Individual Provisions”, the word “economy” came up zero times.

That’s because that section, which listed the $1,200 relief details, had nothing to do with economic mobility. It had everything to do with Americans putting food on the table and Americans not missing their rent in April.

Furthermore, while portions of the entire CAREs Act do relate to the economy, the economy as a whole isn’t going to be damaged because illegal immigrants didn’t get a relief check.

Here’s perhaps the best zinger from this introduced act by Democrats. Rep. Grijalva chimed in with this gem:

“Immigrants—regardless of their status—are taxpayers who are working in some of the most important jobs keeping our economy running during this difficult time.”

That is some snazzy word-play involved there, lumping lawful immigrants in with illegal ones and saying they are keeping things going stateside.

Here’s the thing, not ALL illegal immigrants are paying taxes – even if they have an ITIN.

An ITIN is just used to report legal income earned, even if someone is illegally present in the country. All someone has to do is fill out a W7 form, and they’ll get an ITIN.

Color us shocked when we learned that some of the bill’s sponsors also happened to be members of The Squad. Some of the usual suspects, that often clamor about illegal immigrants, were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.

Doling out checks to persons illegally inhabiting a country is a preposterous position. You likely wouldn’t find another country that would even consider that notion either.

It’s time to end incentives for illegal behaviors. Period.

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