Chicago Pastor Criticizes City’s Allocation Of Resources To Migrant Crisis Over Local Needs

A pastor from Chicago’s South Side expressed frustration with the city government’s response to the migrant crisis stating that his “faith in government is very low” as he sees resources being directed toward illegal immigrants while local communities continue to face challenges. Pastor Corey Brooks founder of Project H.O.O.D. discussed the pressure on the city’s already strained infrastructure.

“It’s very disheartening because for organizations like ours – we’re already trying to do the work in an area that’s already difficult to do and now you’re adding more people to the problem” Brooks said in an interview with Fox News Digital. He stressed that Chicago’s sanctuary city status and commitment to supporting illegal immigrants has created an “overwhelming” situation.

Brooks’ comments follow Chicago’s recent announcement that it will spend $70 million of taxpayer money to assist illegal immigrants a decision that has drawn criticism from residents who believe native Chicagoans are being overlooked. This funding comes on top of the nearly $300 million the city has already spent on the migrant crisis since 2022 including $215 million since Mayor Brandon Johnson assumed office in May 2023.

Despite opposition from residents Chicago has welcomed 40,000 migrants since August 2022 with up to 2,000 arriving in a single week at times. The city has utilized local state and federal resources to offer housing healthcare education and other services to the mostly southern American migrants.

The situation in Chicago has sparked resentment, especially within the black community. “When we make our city a sanctuary city and we start allowing people to be here illegally and having to take care of them that is going to be a problem that is overwhelming” Brooks remarked. “The leadership has been taking funds from much needed areas and they’re getting a lot of flack for it.”

Brooks also pointed out the inconsistency in resource distribution observing that the city abruptly has money available for migrants that was never offered to tackle long-standing problems like homelessness among Chicago residents. “I understand when people from Chicago or other areas start to really question the fact that now we have these resources and they’re going toward individuals who sometimes are not even legally here and we never had an opportunity to get those resources ourselves” he said.

The pastor’s comments highlight the escalating tension between the needs of underserved local communities and the city’s attempts to address the influx of illegal immigrants. As Chicago navigates the migrant crisis and its financial ramifications residents are increasingly questioning the priorities of their elected leaders.