An Illinois suburb decided against moving forward with a plan to have residents house migrants in their homes following a councilman’s viral proposal to put together a “sign-up” sheet.
Naperville, an affluent suburb located roughly 30 miles west of Chicago, had considered having residents volunteer to bring migrants into their homes amid concerns that Chicago’s struggles to house migrants may spill over into the suburbs.
On Thursday, city staff decided it was not necessary for Naperville residents to sign up as other state and federal agencies were making lists of shelters for migrants in need of housing, WLS-TV reported.
Josh McBroom, a city council member, made headlines during a Jan. 16 council meeting discussion about what his city should do if a wave of illegal immigrants arrived in their neighborhood as they have in other neighboring towns. McBroom suggested a sign-up sheet for those willing to open their homes to migrants.
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On Tuesday, video of McBroom’s comments blew up on social media.
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In an interview last week with Fox News Digital, McBroom said he was compelled to bring up the subject he believed was being avoided by his council colleagues, explaining that his proposal was aimed at residents whose votes led to the “open border policy” of the Biden years.
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“They’re voting for people that have supported this open border policy… am I being provocative with my proposal? A little bit, but I’m being genuine, too,” McBroom said. “Over half of the town voted for this policy. Are you gonna help out? Because we’re not going to spend tax dollars on it.”
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.