We have been posting about Naperville City Council meetings and plans (or lack thereof) since 2012. During this time, one of our most heavily viewed posts was our coverage of Naperville City Council discussions – in 2017 – on whether or not Naperville should become a “Sanctuary City”. Council was debating the passage of a resolution welcoming (arguably encouraging) illegals to come to our city. At the time, this resolution appeared largely symbolic. It was suggested that such a resolution was merely a public reminder that our police were not to delve into immigration status questions during arrests.
As we know now, cities that took on this definition by passing such resolutions would ultimately become targets for border states and Republican governors around America who are now looking for places to send the many of thousands of migrants now inundating American cities.
The impact border migrants have had on impacted cities has been devastating. Massive housing and health care costs are crushing municipal budgets. Crime and tent cities have also followed. One enormous question also looms…are all of these migrant children going to end up in our public schools? If so, when and at what cost?
So far Naperville has largely ducked these issues. Though we don’t know if Naperville will duck these migrant issues forever, we do know that that migrant issues would probably be before council right now had our council voted to pass a resolution declaring Naperville a Sanctuary City.
Ultimately, over the objections of then councilwoman – and staunch liberal – Becky Anderson, council punted the Sanctuary City question and did not vote out this controversial item. Instead, it moved forward with adding diversity, equity and inclusion concepts into our City mission statement. A link to our 2017 post covering this Sanctuary City debate is found here: https://citycouncilwatchdog.com/2017/02/naperville-sanctuary-city-councilwoman-becky-anderson-welcome#. Naperville dodged an enormous bullet.
Watchdog Takeaway: At least for the time being, Naperville has avoided the migrant problem. There is a lesson in all of this. The only reason some officials were even considering this resolution was to repudiate the conduct of then President Donald Trump. Individual council members should opine on national issues on their own time. Council should keep its focus to local matters and the best interests of the Naperville taxpayers who elected them. Delving into national political controversies is not only often divisive and typically fruitless, in this case, it could have been catastrophic for our community.