Chicago Mayor Johnson is pushing for work permits for 500,000 undocumented individuals in Illinois, according to The Gateway Pundit.

Chicago Mayor Calls for Work Permits for Illegal Immigrants

In a controversial move, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson recently made headlines by calling for work permits for half a million illegal immigrants in Illinois. This decision has sparked debate and criticism, with many questioning the priorities of city officials and the impact this move will have on American citizens.

During a roundtable with urban business leaders, Johnson defended his stance by stating, “We need the president to extend the same economic opportunities long term for our undocumented brothers and sisters, so they can build a better life here in the city of Chicago or wherever else they decide to live.” He further emphasized, “Chicago will never turn its back on people who wish to call the city of Chicago their home.”

This bold statement comes at a time when Chicago is facing ongoing challenges with rampant crime and urban decay. Despite these issues, Johnson remains confident in the city’s ability to absorb even more illegal immigrants, suggesting that Chicago could potentially welcome another 400,000 to 700,000 individuals.

In a letter penned to the Biden administration on his one-year anniversary as mayor, Johnson urged for additional work permits with the support of dozens of other city mayors, including those from Denver, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco. He stressed the importance of creating a more inclusive and equitable future for all residents, regardless of their immigration status.

The mayor’s push for work permits has also gained traction from mayors across the country, with more than 40 cities signing a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in February. The letter called for the administration to grant more permits for additional arrivals and extend existing ones to prevent immigrant workers from falling out of the workforce.

The letter specifically requested a permanent work permit extension of 540 days or, alternatively, a temporary extension of no less than three years to address the extensive work permit renewal backlog. The mayors emphasized the need for swift action to support immigrant communities and prevent destabilization.

While Johnson’s call for work permits has sparked controversy, it remains to be seen how this decision will impact the city of Chicago and its residents. Critics argue that prioritizing illegal immigrants over American citizens in need of economic opportunities is misguided, while supporters argue for the importance of inclusivity and support for immigrant communities.

As this debate continues to unfold, the future of work permits for illegal immigrants in Chicago and across the country remains uncertain. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.