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Axios News: Looming migrant homelessness in Chicago

What a load of crap. There are approx 37 million Mexicans living in the US. Do you think most of them applied for a work permit? Of course not. They also didn't apply for millions of dollar is federal or municipal aid. They got a job, went to work and started helping our economy.

Biden will campaign on blaming this mess on the Dark Lord and providing more "stuff" to our news friends. Donald will campaign on returning them to Mexico (where they crossed). I wonder who'll win?

At least 80% of migrants in Chicago shelters are ineligible for work permits, according to the city's Department of Family Support Services.

By Moniica Eng, Carrie Shepherd and Justin Kaufmann, Axios News

March 6, 2024

The big picture: The vast majority of the more than 11,700 new arrivals living in city shelters lack a legal path to self-sufficiency a little over a week before thousands reach the city's delayed shelter stay limits, per the latest public data.

And those who have found new housing will lose any rental support in a few months.

What we're hearing: "Maybe 10% of those in shelters are eligible for work authorization, and, in the best case scenario, maybe half are eligible for rental assistance," Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), who chairs the City Council's Immigration and Refugee Rights committee, tells Axios.

"I'm concerned that, by the end of April, this will lead to about 5,000 to 6,000 people out on the street and without the ability to work."

By the numbers: As of last month, more than 3,900 new arrivals submitted applications for work permits or Temporary Protected Status (that can confer work eligibility) through a state-run application program. About 1,000 had gotten permits as of late January, per the latest available data.

Meanwhile, thousands who arrived after July 31 — the cutoff date for protected status eligibility for Venezuelans — are not eligible for work permits, and those who arrived after mid-November are not eligible for rental assistance either.

Behind the scenes: Some new arrivals are supporting themselves without work permits, including stints as day laborers near home improvement stores, WBEZ reports.

What they're saying: DFSS commissioner Brandie Knazze said at a recent committee meeting that the city is focused on outmigration over the next few months.

"Philanthropy, faith institutions, mutual aid and nonprofits are stepping up … and I think that we're going to see a need for more of that support," Beatriz Ponce de León, Chicago's deputy mayor for immigration, said at the same meeting.

The intrigue: Buses have slowed in recent weeks, but Vasquez anticipates an "exponential" increase "between now and August, as we get closer to the Democratic [National] Convention."

What we're watching: Biden has urged Congress to consider a bipartisan deal that expedites work permits, while further restricting border entry, but former President Trump has successfully called for Republicans to reject it.

Biden has also considered announcing a border-related executive order in his State of the Union address tomorrow, Axios has learned.

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