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Chicago to Spend $255 Million On Migrants and This Does Not Include Tents They Are Building

2023-09-12
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Mayor Brandon Johnson discusses the migrant situationPhoto byX (Twitter)

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson told members of the City Council he was moving migrants from police stations to large tents. He said the cost would be around $300 million according to WTTW.

The city of Chicago has never set up tents before but the city should follow the example of New York City Mayor Eric Adams - do all of the research before erecting the tents. Adams has spent over $300 million on tents only to shut them down wasting taxpayer money according to Daily Mail.

Now, that Mayor Johnson has a better understanding of the situation with migrants, he is working to get them out of police stations. Last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott began bussing migrants to Chicago according to the New York Post as Texas was seeing migrants cross the southern border daily. 

Mayor Johnson asked the City Council to identify at least three areas where the tents could be erected according to WTTW News. 

Over 2,000 migrants are currently sleeping at police stations and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The city expects to spend $255 million according to NBC 5 as the City supports migrants. As the City builds the tents this will only add to the overall cost. 

Alderman Nick Sposato said:

“I have no idea how we can pay for this because, in my opinion, this is just the tip of the iceberg. … We’re gonna have to get this money from somewhere. I think it’s unsustainable and it’s gonna be impossible to pay for.”

In a news conference last Friday, September 8, Mayor Johnson said:

“So the sacrifices that will be required in this moment will be necessary from all of us, every single level of government. 
“Look, I can tell you that the cost of inaction will be far more substantial.”

Mayor Johnson is prepared to move on to the next level to support migrants.

You can see more details on the tent in this video:

How do you feel about the City paying more money to support migrants? 







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