Illegal immigrants living in Chicago will experience almost no barriers to receiving welfare benefits targeted at needy American citizens thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Municipal ID” program, which will provide applicants a way to prove their identities to other government agencies without putting themselves at risk of deportation.
The Chicago City Council unveiled the program on Wednesday, marking the latest effort on the part of Emanuel to thwart the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ fight against illegal immigration.
Sources close to the Clerk’s Office claim that the Municipal ID program will allow applicants to provide any form of documents that prove their identity, which will then be used to create a valid ID card without entering the applicant’s address into a database.
According to Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia’s website, the Municipal ID is “an optional, valid, government-issued ID that they can then use to access a range of services from both the private and public sectors.”
As if access to entitlement programs isn’t enough, Valencia also claims that her office is “working with cultural institutions, sports teams, pharmacies, local chambers of commerce and community organizations to explore potential discounts and partnerships.”
The program also features several concessions to the social justice set: “Applicants will also be able to self-designate their gender, which will be huge to the transgender and LGBTQ community. And it’s not just for undocumented individuals,” Valencia said.
Chicago taxpayers will be on the hook for $1 million in the program’s first year alone. No word has surfaced as to how much it will cost taxpayers to give a wave of illegal immigrants access to welfare benefits.