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America Is No Longer The ‘Land Of Opportunity’.

December 4, 2023 by  
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( When the governors of Texas, Arizona and Florida took advantage of the welcoming traditions provided by sanctuary cities, it was meant to get rid of an unwanted problem. More than 23,000 asylum seekers have been bused to Chicago from Texas since the beginning of the year. As the cold weather sets in, people in the nation’s third-largest city are sheltering on sidewalks, at police station foyers and at the city’s airport.

America Is No Longer The ‘Land Of Opportunity’.

A sanctuary city is a community with a policy that discourages local law enforcement from reporting the immigration status of individuals unless it involves investigation of a serious crime. Chicago has been considered a sanctuary city since 1985 when then-Mayor Harold Washington issued an order prohibiting local officials from withholding city services, and investigating or prosecuting people solely based on their immigration status. The Welcoming City Ordinance banned police officers from arresting anyone just because they were suspected of being undocumented.

Now, several Chicago alderpersons are having a change of heart. They are calling for the sanctuary status to be reconsidered in response to the number of migrants who recently arrived to the city. The heated debate over the issue has divided the city council where some members are seeking to put Chicago’s sanctuary city status up for a referendum vote next year.

“When Harold Washington did this, times were different. We didn’t have people coming into this city by the thousands,” one alderman said during a contentious council meeting. While the debate in Chicago highlights the frustration of overwhelmed city officials, the sanctuary rules were intended to apply to undocumented residents rather than the wave of new arrivals seeking asylum. If the referendum were to be approved by voters, the state’s Trust Act signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner would still prohibit the Chicago Police Department from cooperating with immigration authorities.

Chicago is not alone in struggling to cope with the influx of asylum-seekers. Other Democratic-led cities including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and New York have received more than 120,000 asylum-seekers. The mayors of those cities have formed a coalition, led by Denver Mayor Mike Johnston, to press President Joe Biden for more federal aid as their resources are dwindling and migrants are arriving to their cities with little coordination. In New York where a cruise ship terminal was turned into a shelter, Mayor Eric Adams has called the city’s migrant influx a crisis and has begun to warn that shelters are so full that migrants will soon be forced onto the streets despite the cold weather. Sanctuary cities are willing to help, but are not able to do so for the increasing number of families asking for asylum where it becomes a long and difficult process in a badly clogged immigration court system.

Biden has requested $1.4 billion from Congress to help state and local governments provide shelter and services for migrants. Johnston and the other mayors say in a joint letter that $5 billion is needed. “While we are greatly appreciative of the additional federal funding proposed, our city budgets and local taxpayers continue to bear the brunt of this ongoing federal crisis,” the letter says. Denver is spending $2 million a week on sheltering migrants.

New York has surpassed a total of $1.7 billion and Chicago has spent $320 million, according to the letter. “Our cities need additional resources that far exceed the amount proposed in order to properly care for the asylum seekers entering our communities,” the mayors’ letter says. “Relying on municipal budgets is not sustainable and has forced us to cut essential city services.” The mayors also want an accelerated work authorization approval process so migrants can find work. The humanitarian crisis is proving that America as a nation can no longer be seen as the “land of opportunity” for asylum seekers who have no reliable family support or sponsors in the U.S. already in place to help them transition.

As cities are already overburden with the issues of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, can they realistically take on the extra burden of migrants and continue essential services for the long-term future? This is an issue which is not going away in the foreseeable future. The coalition of mayors are presenting a commonsense path moving forward by asking for the administration to create a regional migrate coordinator who would work with the federal government, nonprofits and state and local officials. Their goal is to better coordinate and place asylum seekers in areas of the nation where there is capacity to receive and help them. Sending planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard just to make a political point does not work.

Written by David W. Marshall

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2 Responses to “America Is No Longer The ‘Land Of Opportunity’.”
  1. Brenda Torres says:

    I’m a Christian, white Cuban-American in Miami and I love your posts.
    On the issue of immigration, the U.S. cannot absorb the entire world. The majority of those who come do not accept the American way of life, but try to change America to the country they are fleeing from; this is dangerous! Look at the amount of Hezbollah supporters. I can understand support for the Palestinian people, but not for Hezbollah. China is our enemy, yet there are thousands of Chinese in this country. Is America, Canada, Central and South America all one country? A country is defined by its borders and that, must be respected. Many of the jobs that are occupied by people with low education, will eventually be given to many of these migrants, making it so much more difficult for the poor. I predict Spanish will eventually become an official language and those who don’t learn the language, will not have as many opportunities. I recommend English speaking parents to encourage their children to learn Spanish.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

    God Bless You and Merry Christmas

  2. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    America is a pluralistic, democratic representative government with a capitalist economic base that believes in an unequal distribution of available goods and services based on merit. Merit is defined as usefulness to the republic. America needs a large number of workers, and given its overall political structures at the federal, state, and local levels together with its flexible taxation systems is fully capable of absorbing present day influxes of immigrants. If all else fails,America should declare war on those nations that are failing to provide for its residents and begin to manage the political,economic, and social systems of the conquered nations by any means necessary.Presently, the American political, economic, and taxation systems are being adjusted according to the requests of those political entities requesting assistance with legally accommodating the large numbers of immigrants.

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