Chicago Alderman: Giving Work Permits to Asylum Seekers Means They'll Stay

By Daniel Walker | April 9, 2024

Inevitable outcome

During an appearance on the Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co.," Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez argued against granting work permits to asylum seekers in the United States. 

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He expressed concerns that this approach would only delay the inevitable outcome of many asylum seekers being deemed ineligible to stay, leading to challenges in expecting them to voluntarily leave the country, a scenario that has not historically materialized.

Undocumented individuals

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Lopez said, “I think one of the things that we have to be clear about is the fact that we have two different categories that we’re discussing. We have the asylum seekers, who are automatically going to get Social Security numbers and work permits eventually, and then we have those undocumented individuals that have already been in our cities, who have been waiting for a pathway forward."