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Chicago Residents Outraged as City Plans to Spend $51 Million and Provide Other Services For Migrants

2023-05-27

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At the end of August, last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed migrants to Chicago and continued to send migrants over the next several months. This caused Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to provide temporary housing, food, legal and medical services for 5,146 asylum seekers, and 3,936 was provided shelter.

Earlier in the year, former Mayor Lightfoot faced a challenge and need $53.5 million to continue providing support. Now, City Council appears ready to provide the needed funding.

After Memorial Day weekend, they plan to vote and provide financial support to migrants $51 million the city has from the 2021 budget.

The city has run out of space as 784 men, women, and children at living at Chicago police stations.

And, that’s not all.

Chicago parents are infuriated as 40 to 50 migrant children are enrolling in schools without the proper vaccination records. Chicagoans are mad as they were required to wear masks and get vaccinated during the COVID epidemic only two years ago.

One parent, Jennifer Preston said on "Fox & Friends First":

"Right now in the school district in which we live we have to provide residency, citizenship, health records and vaccination records on an almost annual basis. I have a child right now, and I must have five emails in my inbox stating that my child cannot return to school next year without a specific vaccine. So it's certainly inconsistent with what they're allowing for the migrant children coming into the Chicago public schools."

Unused buildings to house migrants

Residents in Chicago have more anger at how the City is providing shelter for migrants at no cost. Some residents were mad as four unused buildings could get turned into shelters for migrants. The buildings are located at Daley College in West Lawn, a former CVS store in Little Village, a vacant building located at Archer and Kedzie avenues in Brighton Park, and the Arturo Velasquez Institute at a satellite campus of Daley College.

Chicago police try to keep the peace as the anger of residents continues to grow over the support provided to migrants as homeless residents are ignored.

How do you think Chicago should support the migrants?

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