Over many years, the Watchdog has viewed thousands of hours of video of City of Naperville council meetings. 99% of this footage is very mundane, if not outright boring. Every once in awhile, drama unfolds and a councilman will do something bold. We saw Patrick Kelly call for an end to pet stores. We saw Kevin Coyne call for State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray’s resignation. Who can forget Becky Anderson wanting Naperville to become a Welcoming City for illegals (how does that idea look now?).
At the last meeting, Josh McBroom took his turn at swinging for the fences. He brought forward a motion to direct staff to offer residents the chance to sign up to bring homeless migrants into their homes. This motion came in response to some residents suggesting that Naperville should do more to help the migrants … not just send them packing.
The press went wild with both love and hate for McBroom’s idea.
While McBroom’s intent was somewhat confused at first, it’s apparent now from McBroom’s many interviews, that McBroom intended his motion as a poke toward those who want all of our taxpayers to pay for the migrant crisis and toward those who believe that more migrants should be kept here and not passed on to Chicago. McBroom’s motion implies that maybe its more fair for those who support open borders and/or our sanctuary state status to be the ones taking care of the thousands of migrants now coming to Illinois.
FoxNews and numerous other media outlets adored McBroom’s take. McBroom’s motion has been covered, not just nationally on FoxNews multiple times, it has been covered in Newsweek. Its been discussed on Charlie Kirk’s show. For God sake, The San Juan Times wrote a piece about it in Puerto Rico. No Naperville councilman has ever caused such a media frenzy.
But was it worth it and did anything of value come from it?
We say yes.
The migrant crisis may very well represent the greatest failure of our executive branch in American history. All aspects of this manmade disaster should be picked apart and questioned. To the extent that McBroom has added anything to this debate, then his motion was worthwhile. It is evident that millions of Americans agree with Josh’s suggestion. Whether you are one of those who agree with him or not, its undeniable that McBroom has added to the debate and has underscored the urgency of this situation.
Thank you to Josh McBroom for having the courage to not sit on your hands and for highlighting the absurdity of this crisis. We call on all other officials to follow McBroom’s lead and to take action, however you can, to bring this ridiculous migrant fiasco to a close.