Chicago — From August 2022 to the present, nearly 30,000 migrants have entered the US through Texas and have been transported to Chicago. They’ve come here in search of better lives and opportunities for themselves and their families but, unfortunately, things haven’t been that simple for anyone affected.
Chicago residents and residents of surrounding suburbs have expressed their strong distaste for the way that things have been handled over the course of the past nearly two years.
“I’m not surprised this is happening, but it is interesting to see how the city of Chicago will be impacted from this,” said Alexis Williams, a 21-year-old Chicago resident. “The past three years, the city of Chicago has been impacted from businesses leaving the city, whether that’s the increase of inflation or the looting, so it makes you think, ‘what about the people that have already been here?’ Of course, that question can be answered for about the country as a whole but as for the city of Chicago, I hope communities continue to support each other.”
Concerns continue to grow as more and more migrants are being placed in Chicago and we are nearing capacity. There appear to be more questions than answers for residents as more resources are being given to migrants and not those who were already here and already struggling.
Where is the funding coming from? What will happen to those who need help who aren’t migrants? What will happen to the migrants from warmer climates being in Chicago during the cold winter months? What happens when the city does finally reach capacity?
This guest post is in partnership with True Star Media.