Much like New York and DC, Chicago residents our in an uproar over the arrival of thousands of migrants arrive in their city after being bused north from Texas, a surge which is expected to accelerate as a pandemic-era measure, Title 42, is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.
According to city officials, there has been a 10-fold increase in migrant arrivals – putting a strain on Chicago’s financial resources, and leading concerned residents of the Democratic stronghold to voice their opposition at during a Thursday evening meeting with city leaders in South Shore.
“All of a sudden we have deep pockets for people who don’t pay taxes,” said one attendee. “I understand helping people, but you start with your own home.”
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“I think it would be fair for every homeless immigrant that you bring in, that you scoop up a homeless here,” said another attendee, ABC7 Chicago reports.
A plan is also in place to move some of them into Park District fieldhouses, like one at Brands Park in the 3200-block of North Elston Avenue.
The problem is that the families that use fieldhouse services, like for daycare and summer programs, were not informed.
And what’s the first stop for new arrivals? Police stations and school buildings.
“The staff here was given virtually no notice. They were told at like 1 o’clock to clear your stuff, we are sending migrants to your facility,” said one pissed off parent, Michael Busking.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has taken the emergency measures to respond to a “surge of new arrivals since last month.”
Trouble all around
As Bloomberg notes, while El Paso, Texas has declared a state of emergency to open temporary shelters as hundreds of migrants sleep on the sidewalks, New York Mayor Eric Adams has slammed the Biden administration amid the arrival of migrants to the Big Apple – “putting pressure on his city’s already-strained budget.”
The New York mayor has urged the administration to better coordinate response efforts and speed up federal financial assistance and work permissions for migrants. He’s said the city is receiving around 500 migrants per day from border states, and his office expects those numbers could double with the end of Title 42.
Adams was not included on a list of Biden campaign surrogates released Wednesday, even though the Washington Post reported in March he would be included. The omission was reported earlier by Politico. -Bloomberg
According to the report, the tensions with fellow Democrats come at a difficult time for President Biden, as he embarks on his reelection campaign.
“The Biden administration had two years to prepare for this and did not do so. And our state is going to bear the brunt,” said Dem-turned-independent Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
Late Wednesday, the Biden administration attempted to turn the tide with a set of new rules that would quickly reject asylum claims for most people crossing the border who hadn’t previously applied for asylum in another country first. What’s more, nearly 1,500 military personnel are being sent to the Southwest border to help local authorities deal with an expected influx of migrants.
Well this is interesting
Footage from the San Ysidro Port of Entry (located on the border San Diego/Mexico border) shows officers from the Department of Homeland Security in riot gear conducting a training exercise before
Title 42 is set to expire.
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The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, says it will award $290 million to communities taking in migrants, on top of $135 million already allotted, Bloomberg reports.
On Wednesday afternoon, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the administration has been hamstrung by “outdated” and “broken” immigration laws (and totally not the open-door invitation virtually extended to migrants since Biden took office).
“I cannot overstate how much of a challenge it is going to be and how we all have to deal with it as one administration and one country. Fundamentally, we need Congress to act,” Mayorkas said on Thursday, effectively blaming Congress.
[A] fresh wave of migrants at the southern border could also renew pressure on small towns in the region. Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs this week announced her own “preparedness plan” to help shelter and transport migrants. -Bloomberg
“Without much more robust action from the federal government, the current situation will only get worse,” said Hobbs. “As of today, we have not received an adequate response.”
Thu, 05/11/2023 – 22:00