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To make some cash, migrants in Chicago are forced to get creative

Many migrants new to Chicago cannot work legally, yet they still have to eat, find housing and just get by in a big city. So how are they making money? “Manicures, cutting hair, cooking food, delivering food,” said WBEZ immigration reporter Adriana Cardona-Maguidad. “People really want to work and they want to have financial stability. And the path to get there, especially from the shelters – like you're new, you don't know your way around – can be extremely difficult.” Cardona-Maguidad brings us her conversations with a few migrants as they’ve picked up work, from a mother selling candy at a busy intersection on Irving Park Road to a man washing windows for businesses on Montrose Avenue.

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Many migrants new to Chicago cannot work legally, yet they still have to eat, find housing and just get by in a big city. So how are they making money?

“Manicures, cutting hair, cooking food, delivering food,” said WBEZ immigration reporter Adriana Cardona-Maguidad. “People really want to work and they want to have financial stability. And the path to get there, especially from the shelters – like you're new, you don't know your way around – can be extremely difficult.”

Cardona-Maguidad brings us her conversations with a few migrants as they’ve picked up work, from a mother selling candy at a busy intersection on Irving Park Road to a man washing windows for businesses on Montrose Avenue.

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