Posted on September 19, 2023

Biden-Era Migrant Crisis Blowing Holes through Budgets of Liberal, Sanctuary Cities

Adam Shaw, Fox News, September 17, 2023

Chicago’s announcement this week that the Windy City is facing a $538 million budget deficit, with a significant part of that attributable to its ongoing migrant crisis, marks the latest instance of a “sanctuary” city paying a heavy financial cost for migrant arrivals.

Chicago announced this week the $538 million deficit, driven by several factors including “the cost to care for new migrants arriving to the city.”

NBC Chicago reported that at least $200 million stems from costs from special project costs — including migrant care. The outlet reported that recent estimates suggest the crisis is projected to cost more than $255 million by the end of the year.


New York City, also a sanctuary city, has also faced significant financial issues. NYC Mayor Eric Adams warned recently that the crisis of over 110,000 migrant arrivals in the last year threatens to “destroy” his city.

He has also warned about the financial impact of the crisis, warning New Yorkers that it could mean cuts to services and could cost $12 billion by 2025.

“We are about to experience a financial… tsunami that I don’t think the city has ever experienced,” Adams said recently. {snip}


Denver, which officials have said is not technically a sanctuary city, although it does limit cooperation with ICE, has also suffered financially due to the numbers it has seen.


Fox reported in April that the city expected to spend up to $20 million over the subsequent six months, with costs of up to $1,000 per migrant per week.