Mayor’s Plan for Migrants Draws Mixed Reception

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( – Brandon Johnson, the Democratic Mayor of Chicago, has been facing mixed reactions from local leaders after he called for city council members to create a plan so that 200 migrants could be provided shelter in tents.

According to a report from ABC 7 Chicago, Alderman Brian Hopkins said that he had one of the city’s most dense wards and that there was no available space for housing migrants.

Alderman David Moore of the 17th Ward also argued that Chicago’s people needed to first help their own community before they could help anyone else.

Still, there were other aldermen who were supportive of the plan that Johnson has proposed for housing migrants.

Alderman Andrew Vasquez, the chair of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee, said that because of the large scale, it was necessary for everyone to help take some of the responsibility. He added that the tent plan could prove to be helpful for the entire city and that this is not just about helping one population, but rather about helping everyone in the city.

Johnson is hoping to move the 1,600 asylum-seeking migrants who are currently sheltered in police stations to winterized camps before the temperature drops. Each of the big tents is going to hold up to 1,000 migrants, according to the migrant’s plans. The camps will also have meals and educational and recreational programs for the immigrants in the city.

There are at least 13,500 migrants in Chicago right now, and according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, housing these migrants costs the city around $30 million every month.

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