# Migrant crisis
Illinois Governor Prepares to Address Migrant Crisis, Projected Shortfall During Budget Address
Funding challenges combined with an anticipated shortfall of almost $900 million in the coming year are expected to be the focus of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget address. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker grapples with complex funding dilemmas as he gears up for his sixth budget address, slated for Wednesday. Against the backdrop of a projected shortfall of nearly $900 million in the forthcoming fiscal year, Pritzker must navigate funding challenges stemming from the ongoing migrant crisis and escalating costs in various sectors, including immigrant healthcare and early childhood education.
Amazon driver charged after fighting off drunk, naked migrant
A delivery driver found himself in a troubling situation in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, when he encountered a disturbing incident involving an allegedly drunk and deviant individual. Recounting the ordeal to the New York Post, the driver, identified as Abu, described how he was forced to defend himself against an aggressive suspect while carrying out his duties.
Unbalanced Equity: Chicago's Migrant Crisis
In the bustling streets of Chicago, a complex narrative of migration unfolds, raising poignant questions about fairness, sustainability, and societal priorities. For Gonzalo Garcia, a Mexican immigrant who has called Chicago home for three decades, the influx of newcomers with accessible pathways to work permits and citizenship evokes a sense of frustration. Despite his years of hard work, tax contributions, and family-raising endeavors, Garcia remains undocumented, denied the privileges afforded to those who have recently arrived.
Thousands of Migrants Are Now Eligible For Cash Payments Thanks To New York's New Rule Changes
Thousands of migrants who ordinarily would not be eligible for the state's welfare program have been receiving cash payments from the state of New York. According to a New York Post report, the Democratic administration of Governor Kathy Hochul of New York quietly modified the state's "Safety Net Assistance" program eligibility rules in May to permit non-citizens with pending asylum applications to receive benefits, thereby increasing the number of migrants eligible for the payments.
NYC's Incomplete Evacuation Plan for Floyd Bennett Migrant Shelter Raises Concerns
The city's evacuation plan for the massive tent shelter at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field lacks details and clarity regarding weather-related evacuations, as detailed in a report obtained by Gothamist. The plan, obtained through a public records request, was created in November by emergency management officials when the city established the shelter for about 2,000 migrants.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushes back on Donald Trump's call For to “wait”
🎥 facethenation Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushes back on Donald Trump's call for Congress to "wait" on taking actions to address the U.S. southern border: "It's a national security nightmare."
Opinion: Migrant Shelter Regulations Divide NYC: They Will Never Leave
The Far-left City Council members are pushing for legislation to eliminate Mayor Eric Adams' cap on migrant stays in public shelters. The bill, to be reintroduced by Councilwoman Shahana Hanif, aims to prohibit city agencies from imposing length-of-stay restrictions for migrants and shelter residents. This legislation is set for a public hearing at City Hall on March 1, with support from ten other progressive Council members.
Harlem Luxury Complex Repurposed for Homeless Families: Mayor Adams Responds to Community Outrage
Mayor Eric Adams faced community outrage over plans to turn an abandoned luxury Harlem condominium complex into a migrant shelter. In a surprising turn of events, Adams backtracked on the decision during a St. Nicholas House Resident Association meeting. He announced that the building would instead house long-term New York families experiencing homelessness, responding to residents' concerns about the lack of affordable housing in the neighborhood. The city Department of Social Services confirmed the plan to transform the building into transitional housing for these families, emphasizing the need to provide critical services for neighbors in need. Despite the initial plans for upscale housing, the building had remained vacant for a decade, making it a suitable option for repurposing.
January Breaks Border Record with 176K Migrants
Last month, migrants crossed the southern border at a record pace. In January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw 176,205 migrants cross the border setting a new record. When comparing the numbers from 2022 to 2023, Border Patrol recorded almost 20,000 more migrants crossing the border. According to Border Patrol’s database, in January 2022 there were 157,358 migrant encounters.
Texas Resistance Boosts Illegal Entries in Neighboring States
The ongoing resistance in Texas against illegal border crossing has led to increased entries in Arizona, California, and New Mexico where similar policies are not in place. Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star aims to prevent illegal entry with National Guard soldiers and Texas DPS officers focusing on interdiction and arrests of illegal foreign nationals. The strategic goal is to block entry and enforce consequences for those who make it through.
Home Invasion: The Coercive Turn in America's Migrant Crisis
This post includes A.I.-generated content. Living just outside New York City, the impact of the migrant influx on our community is impossible to ignore. It's far more than headlines or political debates—it's a tangible crisis unfolding on our streets, straining our shelters, and overburdening public services we all depend on. Despite the sad attempts by New York's elected officials to play social justice warrior, the city is now facing a breaking point.
Taxpayers to Fund $70M for Chicago Migrants
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that taxpayers in Cook County will pay an additional $70 million to support migrants arriving in the Chicago area. This decision comes as border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have decreased by 42% from December to January, although numbers remain higher than average due to previous record levels of illegal immigration during President Biden's administration.
January 2024 Southwest Border Encounters Decrease by 50%
According to the latest statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), migrant encounters along the southwest border saw a significant drop in January 2024 compared to the previous month. This 50% decrease can be attributed to seasonal trends as well as the enhanced enforcement efforts by CBP personnel and their international partners.
Mayors Urgently Request Work Permit Extension Amid Migrant Surge
A group of 43 local officials, including mayors and county executives from various cities across the country, have reached out to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Jaddou via email. In their message, they urged the administration to extend the validity period of Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for 540 days, as opposed to the current 180-day period, during the renewal process. The officials highlighted the potential consequences of failing to implement this extension, warning that it could result in the loss of work authorization for hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, staff shortages for businesses, and increased challenges for cities and counties in providing housing to the public.
Immigrant Job Gains Limit Opportunities for US-Born Men
The data presented in the article highlights a concerning trend in the US job market. While the overall employment numbers have improved since the COVID-19 recession, the gains have primarily benefited immigrants, with fewer US-born Americans finding employment. This raises questions about the impact of immigration on job opportunities for US citizens, particularly for men without a college degree.
Over the last year, 40,000 migrants have arrived in Denver
🎥 cbseveningnews and cbsnews Over the last year, 40,000 migrants have arrived in Denver, Colorado, costing the city millions every week. One local woman has opened up her motel to hundreds of migrants in need, providing them a place to stay and food free of charge.
Political Turmoil in Illinois as Democrats Oppose Mayor Over Handling of Migrant Crisis
Democratic leaders heavily divided as immigration issues escalate in Windy City. In a contentious exchange, local Chicago Democrats issued a stark warning to Mayor Brandon Johnson, suggesting that the ongoing migrant crisis could significantly impact Illinois' political landscape. A recent report by the National Review delved into the escalating concerns among various activists and Democratic figures regarding the surging influx of migrants into the city.
Chicago's Migrant Crisis: Evictions Loom as Thousands Scramble for Homes & Jobs
Maria Cinfuentes, a Venezuelan migrant living in Chicago's largest migrant shelter, is facing uncertainty about her future. She recently learned that she will be evicted from the shelter next month, but she has no idea where she will go next. Without a job and with limited support, Cinfuentes is worried about how she will be able to afford rent and provide for her family. She is not alone in her concerns, as over 13,000 migrants in similar situations are under pressure to find housing and work before they are evicted from city-operated shelters. Many of them fear that they won't meet the deadline, particularly because the newest arrivals face difficulties in obtaining rental assistance and work permits. Advocates worry that some migrants will end up homeless or have to reapply for access to another shelter.
Chicago Democrats Challenge Mayor Johnson and Biden Over Migrant Crisis
In Chicago, a city known for its vibrant culture and strong political opinions, a new challenge has emerged that is testing the unity of its leaders and residents alike. The city, under Mayor Brandon Johnson's administration, is facing a significant migrant crisis, with over 34,000 asylum-seekers arriving in the past 18 months. These individuals, bussed in from the border by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, have put a strain on the city's resources, leading to a spending of $156 million on the crisis. Despite this, 14,200 migrants still reside in 28 shelters, and debates continue on where to build more.
Chicago Alders Criticized for Focus on Migrant Work Permits, Not Shelter Issues Despite Complaints
Delayed focus on shelter conditions evident in aldermen's testimony amid heated rhetoric. Following Mayor Brandon Johnson's decision to postpone the eviction of shelter residents until March, Chicago aldermen finally addressed concerns regarding conditions at city shelters for migrants during a hearing convened for that purpose. The delay in broaching the topic underscored a bureaucratic focus during the meeting, which primarily centered on the sluggish process of federal authorities granting migrants permission to seek employment.