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Video: Lawmaker suggests residents host illegal immigrants in private homes

Lights illuminate the Chicago skyline as seen from Northwestern University in Evanston on May 15, 2022. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
January 27, 2024

A city councilman from a suburb of Chicago recently suggested that a sign-up list be created to allow local residents to volunteer to host illegal immigrants in their homes.

According to Turning Point USA, Naperville Councilman Josh McBroom recently proposed the initiative during a city council meeting on January 16. Introducing his proposal, the councilman explained, “I do know that there’s a lot of people that do care, and I think we live in a compassionate community.”

“My idea would be let’s find out,” McBroom added. “Let’s find out who’s willing to help.”

The Naperville councilman claimed that lawmakers hear from constituents on “both sides” of the illegal immigration issue. McBroom said some constituents question what local lawmakers are planning to do to “preemptively stop” the illegal immigration crisis in cities like Chicago and New York City, while other constituents believe the city should “do more” to help the illegal immigrant population.

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“We do have a very affluent community, a lot of big homes,” McBroom continued. “What I’d like to do is direct staff to create a sign-up sheet for individuals that would be willing to house migrant families, and if there’s people that would do that, God bless them.”

According to the social media account “End Wokeness,” which posted video footage of the councilman’s volunteer sign-up list proposal, Naperville is a “wealthy liberal suburb on the outskirts of Chicago” that President Joe Biden won by 20% in the 2020 presidential election.

Chicago’s website claims that over 30,000 illegal immigrants have relocated to Chicago after crossing the southern border between the United States and Mexico since August of 2022. The city’s website notes that over 27 temporary shelters have been constructed as a result of the increased wave of illegal immigrants moving to the city.

McBroom emphasized that his proposal to create a volunteer sign-up list could “raise awareness” in the local community for the ongoing illegal immigration crisis that has overwhelmed the city.

“If we could raise awareness in that way, I think we need to find out,” he said. “I think we need to find out who would be willing to house migrant families.”