Chicago Pastor Laments City’s Prioritization Of Migrants Over Struggling Residents

A South Side Chicago pastor expressed his disillusionment with the city government’s handling of the migrant crisis saying his “faith in government is very low” as he witnesses resources being diverted to support illegal immigrants while local communities continue to struggle. Pastor Corey Brooks founder of Project H.O.O.D. spoke out about the strain on the city’s already overburdened 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 told Fox News Digital. He emphasized that Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city and its commitment to caring for illegal immigrants has created an “overwhelming” burden.

The pastor’s comments come as Chicago recently announced plans to allocate $70 million of taxpayer funds to support illegal immigrants a move that has sparked backlash from residents who feel native Chicagoans are being neglected. This funding is in addition to the nearly $300 million the city has spent on the migrant crisis since 2022 including $215 million since Mayor Brandon Johnson took office in May 2023.

Despite pushback from residents Chicago has hosted 40,000 migrants since August 2022 with as many as 2,000 arriving in a single week at times. The city has used local state and federal funds to provide housing healthcare education and other services to the predominantly southern American migrants.

The developments in Chicago have fueled resentment particularly among 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 said. “The leadership has been taking funds from much needed areas and they’re getting a lot of flack for it.”

Brooks also highlighted the disparity in resource allocation noting that the city suddenly has funds available for migrants that were never provided to address long-standing issues 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 remarks underscore the growing tension between the needs of struggling local communities and the city’s efforts to accommodate the influx of illegal immigrants. As Chicago grapples with the migrant crisis and its financial implications residents are increasingly questioning the priorities of their elected officials.