State unemployment insurance as well as the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package are meant to help American workers and businesses.
But Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has decided to take matters into her own hands.
Lightfoot signed an executive order that would give illegal immigrants the opportunity to benefit through Chicago’s Housing Assistance Grant Program.
Access to $100 million from the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund would also be available to illegal aliens in Chicago.
Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the economy to its knees, Lightfoot appears to be prioritizing illegal aliens over legal tax payers.
More details on Lightfoot’s executive order below:
The city of Chicago is already strained under enormous debt.
Similar to New York City, there is fear and anxiety around a spike in crime as the pandemic impacts the city's police force.
Yet Mayor Lightfoot has decided to focus her power on helping those in her city illegally, spending tax payer money to help them over her own legal constituents.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Lightfoot is continuing the trend started by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order Tuesday that she said will ensure Chicago immigrants living in the country without legal permission receive all city benefits, opportunities and services, though the rule essentially reiterates existing law.
The city’s Welcoming City Ordinance passed under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel already prohibits benefits, opportunities or services from being conditional on a person’s citizenship.
Lightfoot noted her order ensures immigrants also have the opportunity to apply for one-time $1,000 grants to help residents who have suffered financially due to the coronavirus outbreak with rent and mortgage payments, online learning resources for students and money from the city’s Small Business Resiliency Fund.
“Our city is a city of immigrants, built by immigrants, enriched by immigrants, and we will always stand with our immigrant communities, no matter what,” Lightfoot said.
While high profile Democrats slam the Trump administration for allegedly not doing enough for the American people, Democrat mayors and governors continue to prioritize illegal aliens over their constituents.
There are nearly 300,000 undocumented immigrants in the state of Illinois, and most of them live in or close to Chicago.
As the entire nation gets deeper in debt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important that our leaders are mindful of how the money is being spent and how it will benefit American citizens.
Identity politics has reached a whole new level, as many Democrat leaders appear to prioritize illegal aliens simply because President Trump wants to create a merit-based immigration system.
The National Review reports that Lightfoot's executive order appears to be a nod towards identity politics:
“This order is more than just an official decree, it is a statement of our values as a city and as Americans,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “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, who are among the most vulnerable to the impact of this pandemic.”
“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,” she said.
Undocumented immigrants do not meet the criteria for state unemployment insurance or the stimulus checks the federal government is sending out to every American as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Congress passed.
However, non-citizen residents will be able to receive benefits through Chicago’s Housing Assistance Grant program, learning resources through Chicago public schools, and will have access to the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund.
Lightfoot's executive order comes as Republicans worry that mail-in voting would result in a flawed voting system.
President Trump has voiced his preference for an in-person voting system that requires voter ID.
A mail-in voting system could potentially make it possible for illegals and other unqualified persons to vote in the general election.
It's time for our leaders to respect the law of the land.