Posted on January 25, 2024

Wealthy Chicago Suburb Proposes Allowing Residents to Sign Up to House Migrants

Danielle Wallace, Fox News, January 23, 2024

A suburban lawmaker outside Chicago proposed that residents be able to sign up to host migrants in their homes, noting, “We do have a very affluent community.”

Naperville, Illinois, Councilman Josh McBroom voiced the notion during a city council meeting last week, and a conservative account reacted to the clip on X on Tuesday.

“In light of the fact, I’m not going to support using other people’s money to house or [for] aid. I do know that there’s a lot of people that do care, and I think we live in a compassionate community, so before we go down the road of, you know, following suit on some of these other cities are taking action on, my idea would be, let’s find out, let’s find out who’s willing to help,” McBroom said.

“You know, we do hear from constituents on both sides of this; what are we going to do to preemptively stop this? And then we hear from people that tell us we should do more, so we do have a very affluent community, a lot of big homes, and what I’d like to do is direct staff to create a sign-up sheet … for individuals that would be willing to house migrant families,” he continued. “And if there’s people that would do that, God bless them. So, if we could raise awareness in that way, I think we need to find out. I think we need to find out who would be willing to house migrant families. That would be my new business. I would be looking for support from the diocese. Any questions, discussion, happy to have that.”


In Massachusetts, Gov. Maura Healey, who declared a state of emergency over the migrant crisis during the summer, asked residents in August to consider sponsoring migrant families by hosting them in their homes as the state’s shelter system reached capacity, according to local reports.

X owner Elon Musk warned this month that the government could go beyond voluntary sign-ups and force residents to house migrants in their homes should they run out of shelter and hotel space. {snip}