For Immediate Release – January 24, 2024

IL Freedom Caucus formally requests legislative hearings on immigration

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Freedom Caucus has sent a letter to House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch requesting legislative hearings on immigration.

Last year, there were approximately 2.5 encounters at the U.S. southern border. But this issue has extended far beyond the southern border. From August 2022 through November 2023, Illinois taxpayers have paid an astonishing $708 million for programs and services for illegal immigrants.

Given the impact of the issue nationally and on the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, the Illinois Freedom says a series of legislative hearings are necessary.

“Due to very serious concerns surrounding the immigration crisis, we are formally requesting the Illinois House of Representatives hold public hearings on this topic in Northern, Central and Southern Illinois, beginning with the City of Chicago. These people deserve to have their voices heard, publicly,” the letter states.

A full copy of the letter is copied below.

The Illinois Freedom Caucus is comprised of State Representatives Chris Miller (R-Hindsboro), chairman; Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), vice-chairman; Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich); Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Jed Davis (R-Newark) and David Friess (R-Red Bud). The members of the Illinois Freedom Caucus are members of the Illinois General Assembly who are advocating for limited government, lower taxes and accountability, and integrity in government.

Photo provided by Illinois Freedom Caucus, January 24, 2024