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Chicago Forced to House Migrants at O’Hare Airport

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Border crisis continues to affect many major American cities. The situation in Chicago has become so dire that the local authorities have been forced to house asylum seekers and illegal migrants at the airport.

Arrivals and Chicago residents have had to deal with a difficult situation. Illegal immigrants and asylum seekers were living in poor conditions in the airport.

Chicago’s response to the growing number of asylum seekers arriving via plane is hidden behind a black curtain at one of America’s busiest international airports.

The shuttle bus center in Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport houses hundreds of migrants from infants to elderly people. The migrants sleep on cardboard mats on the ground and use airport bathrooms. Private firms monitor their movements.

Chicago, like New York, has had a difficult time housing asylum seekers. People are slowly being moved from temporary accommodation to shelters, and in the future, tents. Chicago’s decision to use airports, which has been rejected in other cities, is unique and highlights its haphazard approach to the crisis. This practice has also raised concerns over safety and how people fleeing poverty and violence are treated.

Over 14,000 people, mainly bussed in from Texas, have flooded into the Windy City during the current border crisis. The use of airports by the city as temporary shelters is a bleak sign of a system in crisis.

The situation has also raised concerns over safety and public health, as medical professionals and volunteers have warned about the rapid spread and transmission of disease in such close quarters. Those who support sanctuary city policies, however, are not changing their minds.

“Is this perfect?” “No,” said Illinois State Senator Cristina Pacione Zayas, a Democrat. “But we’ve stood firm in our values, to make sure that we can live up to the operationalization of a Sanctuary City. We’ll continue to work at it but we’re holding on.”

Pacione-Zayas stated that the city slowly building capacity to house its asylum seekers. Since May, 15 shelters have been added with approximately 3,000 beds.

The system relies heavily on volunteer help to fill in the gaps.

There is little first aid available at the terminal. One team of volunteer doctors was there once during the summer, and their medical supplies were quickly depleted.

Chicago only offers food at certain times and the foods that are offered to newcomers may be unfamiliar.

Chicago is still ill-prepared for the influx. Other temporary solutions have been used to accommodate the new arrivals, including winterized tents, police stations, and other temporary housing. The issue has put a lot of strain on the city. It has asked the federal government for more help several times. The demands of the Democrats in the city have not been met so far.

This same scenario plays out in New York City and Washington, D.C. This shows how bad the Biden border situation has become.

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