Chicago, IL

Residents Protest Lightfoot’s Plan For Moving Migrants Into Woodlawn

Jake Wells

It appears that Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration has a problem. For months Lightfoot has planned to house migrants at the vacant building formerly home to Wadsworth Elementary School, 6420 S. University Ave. in Woodlawn.

Nearly 4,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago since Aug. 31, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing them to Democratic-led cities to protest federal immigration policies.

Residents say they are both surprised and upset that they were not notified at all. They also do not know the plan for this space and how long these individuals will be there.

“We're struggling now to make Woodlawn an affordable mixed income community. While I’ll love to help immigrants and everybody else, I’ll like to help my own first,” said longtime Woodlawn resident Jean Clark. (source)

Residents have concerns about crime and resources

Crime has been on the rise in Chicago recently, and even street vendors are wanting more support. The Woodlawn commnity is worried that the incoming migrants would drain the few resources available for their community, demanding the mayor instead divert funding from the shelter to create housing for the local homeless population or to other tools for stemming violence and poverty.

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