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President Biden Grants Chicago Migrants the Right to Work

Tom Handy
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President Joe Biden gave migrants in Chicago the right to work. Biden gave Venezuelans who arrived before July 31 Temporary Protective Status. This will allow them to work for at least 18 months and not face deportation.

This was a big win for Governor J.B. Pritzker as he and Mayor Brandon Johnson are finding how to keep migrants housed as well as employed.

Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a statement according to WTTW:

“This action demonstrates how intergovernmental coordination across national, state, and local governments continues to make our city a safe sanctuary to all people.”
“But where there are labor shortages in our city, especially in the fields of food processing, clean energy, health care (including nursing and dentistry), transportation and warehousing, it is clear that authorizing new arrivals for work in these sectors would have a significant public benefit — both to our local and regional economies, and to the families and individuals who are new arrivals to our great city.”

Since Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed migrants to Chicago a year ago, this has overwhelmed the Democratic City. Former Mayor Lori Lightfoot faced a budget crisis as she tried to support the newly arrived migrants according to Fox 32.

This could be a good sign for Mayor Johnson, who came into office recently.

Chicago supports over 14,000 migrants according to the city’s database.

Next year is election year, so this move could be a way for President Biden to improve his numbers among Chicago voters. In the 2020 election, Biden received 54% of the vote over Donald Trump who received 40% of the vote according to CNN.

Do you think the temporary protective status is to help President Biden when election time comes?

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