“I’m scared I will go into labor in the shelter,” said one Venezuelan mother-to-be. “But if I put my faith in God, I feel it will be OK.”
The term has become conflated with policies that provide public benefits and resources, according to DePaul University’s Kathleen Arnold.
First Deputy Chief of Staff Cristina Pacione-Zayas talks with WBEZ’s Clare Lane about the city’s rapidly deepening migrant crisis.
Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration announced today it will not move forward with constructing a base camp to house migrants in Brighton Park on Chicago’s southwest side.
The decision follows the city of Chicago’s release of an environmental report Friday night that showed the location at 38th and California required metals and chemicals cleanup.
Construction was halted Sunday pending an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency review of a nearly 800-page city consultant’s study that was released Friday night.
Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) announced plans to turn the West Side park field house into a migrant shelter have been abandoned as the number of migrants camped out at police stations falls.
The tents are expected to be completed in a matter of days and will house 500 migrants at first.
The plan will shelter migrants in local churches until they find housing. It will reach 100 migrants immediately and 340 in total. More than 1,000 migrants remain at police stations.
Taking advantage of a slowing number of buses arriving in Chicago and with an eye toward winter, the city is retooling its approach to welcoming migrants, aiming to soon empty all police stations.
A contractor is expected to begin the final phase of construction over the objections of Ald. Julia Ramirez (12th) at a site where heavy metal contamination was found.
“It’s the greatest thing we do,” said Andy Lansing, CEO of Levy Restaurants, which teams with the Salvation Army to prepare and distribute 4,000 Thanksgiving meals.
The new policy comes as the weather turns cold, the city’s shelters are at capacity and migrants are sleeping at airports and police stations.