Pritzker Response to Immigrants from Central and South America, “Data” Is the Magic Word

From JB Pritzker:

Gov. Pritzker Announces Plan to Improve Asylum Seeker Emergency Response

New data-driven state investments will provide shelter to those at police stations and airports, speed transition to independent living

ChicagoGovernor JB Pritzker announced today that the State will invest an additional $160 million via the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis presented by the arrival of over 24,000 asylum seekers from the U.S. Southern Border.

The State, alongside our local partners, has led a comprehensive data driven analysis of the ongoing asylum seeker response, rooted in not only data, but also input from frontline partners and new arrivals, which identified several “bottlenecks” where services and resettlement tended to slow.

These bottlenecks included delays in initial intake at landing sites, access to shelter, and the transition to independent living.

This has led to backlogs and capacity issues, most visible in individuals sleeping outside police stations, but more broadly across the process.


The State is deploying targeted additional funding through a data-driven approach that will address these bottlenecks in all stages of the current asylum seeker response. This includes:

1. WELCOME: $30 million to stand up a large intake center to centrally welcome and comprehensively coordinate new arrivals, prioritizing onward movement. This investment will ensure both a more integrated approach across state, county, city, and community-based organizations but will also ensure better support for those coming to Chicago who are seeking another final destination, or who have sponsors in Illinois and don’t require shelter, thereby better maintaining shelter capacity as a whole. With this approach, data indicates the number of new arrivals requiring shelter can be reduced by 10%.

More immediately, in partnership with the City of Chicago, the State has funded a New Life Centers of Chicagoland team to deploy to the City bus landing zone to ensure every new arrival is supported in a choice to seek alternative arrangements outside the City shelter system.

2. SHELTER: $65 million to help the City of Chicago launch a winterized soft shelter site providing temporary housing for up to 2,000 people at any given time for six months. These beds will be prioritized for families and individuals with disabilities currently sleeping outdoors, on police station floors, and at the airport. This will ensure a safe and warm place to live during the winter months and allow for the provision of the wraparound services the State currently funds at City shelters. This site will operate as part of the existing City of Chicago shelter system.

3. INDEPENDENCE: $65 million in increased funding to expand the wraparound services the State currently provides at City shelters which enable new arrivals to live independently as they await asylum hearings, including case management, legal services, work permit processing, and workforce development support.

The State will continue to provide the rental assistance that allows asylum seekers to transition from shelters to independent living.

This announcement builds on $478 million in state funding that has been provided or committed to the asylum seeker response over FY 2023 and 2024. This includes direct funding to the City of Chicago and other municipalities assisting asylum seekers as well as substantial State funding for shelter, food, medical care, rental assistance, and wraparound casework and services.

“With Congress likely unwilling to act, and with lives of innocent people at stake, the hurdles we face seem far beyond the scope of any one state – and yet, everything we can do, we must do,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Today I am laying out a comprehensive data-driven plan to improve the response to this humanitarian crisis and amplify the effectiveness of our investments with the end goal of moving asylum seekers out of our system of care and on to independence.”

A cornerstone of this plan is a State-led effort to move thousands of individuals through the federal Temporary Protect Status (TPS) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) processes as quickly as possible.

This will allow asylum seekers to gain employment and achieve self-sufficiency, thereby alleviating the strain on state resources. In the weeks and months ahead, the State will stand-up large-scale workshops with legal aid providers and pro-bono attorneys to facilitate the application process. Workshops will be co-located with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) workforce programming to provide federal assistance and job search resources simultaneously. By February, the State aims to have submitted the applications of the roughly 11,000 TPS and/or EAD eligible asylum seekers residing in City of Chicago shelters, with thousands more to be completed in the months that follow.


To further address bottlenecks, the City and State are pairing these new investments with changes to existing policy to ensure as many people as possible receive services. The City has announced policy changes related to shelter stay duration for all asylum seekers in city shelters, which will be paired with intensified case management and housing assistance from the State. This will ensure individuals get the services they need while also quickly connecting to community and transitioning to independent living, which then opens space for additional new arrivals requiring immediate shelter.

The State is also adjusting its Asylum Seeker Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ASERAP) to extend its reach to support onward movement.

The program will now cover three-months of rent, instead of up to six-months, which will allow all current shelter residents to access the program.

For all new shelter arrivals, ASERAP will no longer be available, but housing assistance will still be provided to support the housing search process, tenant rights, and landlord-tenant communications.


Governor Pritzker has repeatedly urged federal intervention to aid in managing the ongoing humanitarian crisis, which has been exacerbated by GOP governors sending buses of migrants to Democrat-run cities, often without any information or warning to human services agencies in Illinois. Only the federal government and U.S. Congress can provide the coordination and funding needed to truly address this crisis. However, with the approaching Midwestern winter and continued influx of asylum seekers, the City and State are committed to taking the necessary action to keep people safe.

In early October, Governor Pritzker sent a letter to President Biden requesting significant expansion in federal government support, including coordination efforts at the border, funding, data collection, fee waivers, and Medicaid and housing vouchers. In response, the Biden administration has taken steps to accelerate the work authorization process for new arrivals. The Governor continues to be in constant contact with the White House to discuss ongoing needs for coordination and support.


Pritzker Response to Immigrants from Central and South America, “Data” Is the Magic Word — 16 Comments

  1. Medicaid for law breakers, plus phones, $4k a month with an extra $500 per brat.

    Can I renounce my citizenship, head to mexico and then reappear at the border demanding my 4k a month and other benies !???? (And a plane ticket to OHare, first class please)

  2. So you break our countries laws and get rewarded. The only personal mind that makes sense in is a liberal or RINO. The uniparty communists are goose stepping you to the NWO. We have to take control of our elections. This is how this all arrived to be acceptable behavior.

  3. This “data-driven approach” is the same as that Sam Bankman Fried pitch of:

    “we buy magic beans, flip them for more magic beans, then give you some of the magic beans and sell the rest for billions of dollars”.

  4. This corpulent coward is quite the schemer.

    In fact, as unbelievable as it sounds, it’s almost as if it’s in his DNA.

  5. Off topic.

    Wasn’t one of the QNuts on this blog claiming DePape was a prostitute hired by Paul Pelosi?

    DePape was just convicted of federal crimes.

    If his motive had been a lovers spat or a business disagreement over sex, that would have been a defense: federal convictions required a link to Nancy Pelosi as public official.

    At trial, there was no hint of evidence of male prostitution.

    That was another lie made up to smear and ridicule a crime victim.

    Even Trump alluded to that lie in a speech:

    At a campaign rally on last Saturday in New Hampshire Trump called Ms. Pelosi a “crazed lunatic” to a crowd of supporters, and added: “What the hell was going on with her husband? Let’s not ask.”

  6. Marty, crazed lunatic pretty much sums up your last post.

    What happened to the male prostitute Paul had in his Porsche when he crashed it in NAPA and was drunk as a skunk while doing so? Lindsey Graham and Mike Pence are abusers of young boys too.

    Why do you think these bought and paid for DC swamp rats scream Israel 24/7?

    Look up the word blackmail if confused.

    Since you brought up Pelosi why is her son in business in Ukraine with coke head Hunter, Mitt Romneys son an Whitey Bulgers nephew in the energy sector. LOL.

    This ought to be good.

    Let Google and Wikipedia lead you to the approved truth.

    What does the BAR exam do for you again?

  7. Check out what Mayor Eric Adams of NYC just announced.

    They’re cutting police and education to pay for welfare for asylum seekers.

  8. LOL Correcting. Adam’s is being taught a lesson about going after the establishment on the flood of migrants to his city. I guess this is just more establishment infighting to extract money from taxpayers.

    Goldie there are creeps on both sides of the aisle. Rubio’s ears are as big as Dumbos so him being queer wouldn’t surprise me

  9. On the other hand,…

    Native McHenry Countians who are injured and are just in need of some physical assistance, and who need to be housed in mobility aid accessible housing in order to recover from their injuries, are completely ignored by all McHenry Countians, and are just left to die outside, on the ground, somewhere,…

    …or are forced out of McHenry County altogether, if they somehow over the course of months (or even years) finally manage to limp or crawl or roll across a county line, to escape years of neglect & abuse,…

    …because McHenry Countians can’t be bothered to assist and take care of their own relatives, neighbors, community members and fellow McHenry County residents.

    However, once across the county line, these neglected native McHenry Countians will find that there is no shelter space for them in any of the adjacent counties, either, because they are not considered residents there, and so do not qualify for local emergency shelter, and that all shelter spaces that are accessible are swamped with migrants, and so may have to resort to sleeping in the woods around Lake Forest, or on park benches in Evanston, or under a bridge somewhere, wrapped up and shivering in shower curtains or tarps to survive, until they finally give up the ghost.

    So in the end, the Americans will have disappeared, because they could not be bothered to care for their own people, and so withered away, and they will have been replaced by less apathetic peoples with more sense.

    Instead of just griping about migrants in Chicago, why don’t McHenry Countians demand of the Townships, the Municipal governments & councils, the County Board, the McHenry County Housing Authority, the Illinois state legislature, Governor Pritzker and President Biden that unhoused and unsheltered needy McHenry Countians be housed properly within McHenry County?

    Try advocating for, and caring for, our own people, for a change, instead of forcing injured, elderly, disabled, parentless youth & poor folks out on the train into Cook County.

  10. Just spitballing here, but have you tried no-bag limits and cash prizes during Hobo Hunting Season?

  11. Why are we obligated to pay anything for the illegals?

    If you want to help illegals donate to a charity or your church.

  12. Not my Tax $$ state or FED its all or ours the legal Tax payers ..

    you won’t you FB! you use your own … !

    you want them here law breaker you take ’em. .. with you to your house!

    you POS!

    we all know whats up with you and BJ and his clowns wanting them here.. !

    Stop spending our $$$ you FP

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