Sep 6, 2022 - News

Chicago prepares to help more migrants

Woman sits on floor with child

Ana Ramirez Duran, 22, who says she is 8 months pregnant, holds her 3-year-old daughter, Cataleya Salazar Ramirez, after arriving on a bus from Texas with other migrants at Union Station last week. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Sunday that another 50 migrants were bused from Texas to Chicago.

  • The city says it's prepared for more.

Driving the news: Lightfoot is leaning on Chicago residents to help support the arrivals. The city has set up a website asking for volunteers and donations.

  • Everything from blankets to diapers.
  • They won't accept food donations or used items.
  • Still no word on drop-off site locations.

What they're saying: "He [Gov. Abbott] is manufacturing a human crisis, and it makes no sense to me," Lightfoot said Sunday at a press conference.

  • The city says they have heard nothing from Texas officials.

State of play: At a press conference last week, Lightfoot said longer-term housing will depend on individuals and whether they choose to stay here.

  • Those who choose to stay in Illinois will have to file for asylum and get a court date.
  • Until then, the city and the state will help find housing, health care and employment options.

Zoom in: Several shelters and nonprofits have been enlisted to help with the new wave of migrants, including footing part of the bill.

  • The National Immigrant Justice Center is providing legal help for their immigration status and advising them on how to file for asylum.

Be smart: CBS reported that the majority of the migrants are seeking asylum from Venezuela, whose regime is being investigated for crimes against humanity.

Context: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is busing migrants from Texas to protest the Biden administration's border policies.

  • Chicago has been a sanctuary city since Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order in 1985.

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