Nonprofit organizations and volunteers have been stretched skinny, working on the entrance strains to assist greater than 5,000 newly arrived migrants. We acknowledge the town and state are doing their half; nonetheless, the $20 million the Metropolis Council lately permitted primarily for shelter providers is only a lifeline.
Migrants proceed coming to Chicago, and we have to suppose long run about how we put money into organizations that present important providers to those immigrants.
As members of the Illinois Latino Agenda, we’re a part of a coalition that advocates for the well-being of all Latinos in Chicago, together with these lately arrived. Not solely can we advocate by way of the ILA, but additionally, by way of our organizations the Latino Coverage Discussion board and the Resurrection Mission, we’ve convened the Welcome to Illinois coalition to raised coordinate assist for migrants.
The newly arrived migrants will contribute to the social cloth and financial system of this metropolis, state and nation. We all know this as a result of immigrant contributions to the U.S. financial system are nicely documented and bear repeating: recipients of the Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals program, typically referred to as “Dreamers,” pay greater than $6 billion in federal taxes and greater than $3 billion in state and native taxes yearly.
In Illinois alone, immigrant family revenue reached $71.6 billion in 2019, and immigrants paid $20.4 billion in state, native and federal taxes. New Individuals in Chicago contributed $4.4 billion to the federal authorities and $1.6 billion to state and native taxes.
On the Black and Brown Futures mayoral occasion March 20, we have been happy to listen to that each candidates, whereas having completely different approaches, conform to help the lately arrived migrants and maintain Chicago a sanctuary metropolis as a result of on the finish of the day, immigrants are contributors to our financial system and embedded within the social cloth of neighborhoods.
Candidates have been requested, “As mayor of Chicago, are you dedicated to take care of Chicago as a welcoming metropolis, working with the Welcome to Illinois Coalition, state authorities, nonprofit suppliers and advocates to develop a plan to deal with the migrant disaster? Extra particularly, will you proceed to speculate ample and sufficient sources to help new arrivals to Chicago in areas equivalent to authorized providers, housing help, psychological well being care, in addition to funding for employees to hold out this work?”
Each candidates responded with a convincing, “Sure.”
Commissioner Brandon Johnson shared that he needs to create an Workplace of Migrant Safety and Integration that’s adequately staffed with culturally competent bilingual and multilingual workers members who’re acquainted with the prevailing infrastructure and might minimize by way of the prevailing crimson tape. Paul Vallas needs to work with the nonprofits on the entrance strains to create a technique that helps their ongoing efforts and ensures migrants have entry to the sources they want as they start their new lives in Chicago.
We’re able to companion with you. Whether or not it’s serving to Johnson recruit workers and management for his Workplace of Migrant Safety and Integration or collaborating with Vallas to create a sustainable technique to help migrants, the Illinois Latino Agenda’s 26 leaders from the state’s largest Latino-serving organizations stand able to be a useful resource to Chicago’s subsequent mayor.
ILA’s leaders stand ready to help the subsequent mayor of Chicago’s immigration agenda. That agenda ought to embody not simply addressing the fast wants of newly arrived migrants but additionally working strategically to battle for complete immigration reform for all immigrants. We have to work shoulder to shoulder with the subsequent metropolis administration to carry our federal public officers accountable to not solely handle this present disaster but additionally stop the subsequent one.
Raul Raymundo is CEO of the Resurrection Mission, a social impression group. Sylvia Puente is president and CEO of the Latino Coverage Discussion board, a public coverage and advocacy establishment. They each are Illinois Latino Agenda members.
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