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Chicago could lose $5.3B in federal tax dollars as sanctuary city



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CHICAGO – A report released Friday by OpenTheBooks.com reveals that Chicago could lose $5,300,000,000 in federal tax dollars if Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues to ignore federal law and harbor illegal aliens as a "Sanctuary City." In fact, the report showed that Sanctuary cities receive over $27 billion each year from the federal government, giving President Donald Trump significant leverage to enforce immigration law in Chicago and elsewhere.

"On average, the cost of lost federal funding for a family of four residing in one of the 106 sanctuary cities is $1,810—or $454 per person," OpenTheBooks.com said. "A total population of 46.2 million residents live in the 106 sanctuary cities according to census data."

The cities receiving the highest amount of federal funding per capita, which "have the most to lose by maintaining their sanctuary status," were Chicago and Washington, D.C., which received $5.3 billion and $2.09 billion, respectively.

The 12 cities with the most illegal immigrants and the federal funding received last fiscal year are: New York ($7.6 billion), Chicago ($5.3 billion), Philadelphia ($590 million), San Francisco ($509 million), Los Angeles ($502 million), Seattle ($284 million), Providence ($235 million), Denver ($227 million), Austin ($207 million), Newark ($207 million), Portland ($174 million), and Minneapolis ($118 million).

Trump signed an executive order last Wednesday declaring jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with the federal government on enforcing immigration law will not be eligible to receive federal grants.



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  1. It will be amusing to see how the magnificent holier-than-thou leftists in Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Edgewater and the Gold Coast will react when their property taxes increase astronomically – as they are compelled to put their money where their mouths are. It may not be so fun to be pro-illegal immigrant then.
    But consider that Cook County has declared itself a “sanctuary county” for illegal aliens. So Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette property taxpayers – you will certainly be willing to eat 20% property tax increases for the satisfaction of standing up for illegal immigrants, right?
    And BTW, all those millennials and yuppies in Wrigleyville who were wildly cheering for Obama and Hillary in the bars on election night (I heard you) will be happy with their new 20% rent increases, because, after all, it’s for “social justice”.
    This is gonna be so funny!

  2. I knew that the federal money going to “sanctuary cities” was substantial but I had no idea that the federal money going to Chicago was so huge. If the people living (or squatting) in Chicago think that their taxes have become burdensome, they need to “just wait” until they get their next tax bills after Trump shuts off the federal funding to them. They are going to “wail like banshees”. It would be even more effective if Trump could somehow throw a sanctuary city’s “final decision maker” in jail for consistent and willful failure to obey a federal law. At that point, you would see Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally escorting illegal immigrants outside of the City of Chicago. Right now the threat doesn’t hurt Rahm personally. Hit Tiny Dancer in his own personal wallet and you will see nothing but action on his part to get rid of them like the bubonic plague.

  3. The unspanked generation is going to be spanked, finally. Overpriviledged little brats who demean rural, downstate, working class folks because they “are white privileged.” We’ve got to make sure that this fully happens. The reality is, the burden of Chicago being a sanctuary is borne by the entire state while the penalty for being a sanctuary will only be borne by Cook and especially Chicago residents. That’s a fair proposition.

  4. This is the play I am waiting for.
    This de-funding of Fed dollars – even though it will more than likely shut down the project I am working – will steamroll and / or jump start everything else Trump.
    Can’t wait to see this play out.
    Build the wall!

  5. Please submit a witness slip in opposition to HB0426 for the Human Services Committee hearing scheduled for 2/8/2016.
    HB0426 (IMMIGRATION SAFE ZONES) proposes making the entire state of Illinois a sanctuary state.
    Bill synopsis & co-sponsors http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=426&GAID=14&GA=100&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=99918&SessionID=91
    To submit a witness slip:
    * start at http://www.ilga.gov/
    * Click on GA Dashboard found in red under Reports and Inquiry
    * The first time, register. Every time, log in.
    * Click “House”, click Committee Hearings, click Week
    * Find Human Services Committee and click the View Legislation icon on its right
    * Find HB426 click the second icon Create Witness Slip (a pen and paper)
    * Complete the witness form. Your personal information will be filled in from your registration data. Leave the Description as Original Bill. Make sure to select opponent under POSITION and record of appearance only under TESTIMONY. Check the Terms of Agreement then click Create (Slip).