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Chicago Moves Over 400 Migrants Into Daley College

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Families with children under the age of 18 are being moved into three buildings at Richard J. Daley College
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In a proactive step to address the needs of migrants seeking shelter and assistance, local authorities in Chicago have organized the relocation of more than 400 migrants to Daley College on Saturday. The move aims to provide a more suitable environment for the migrants while ensuring they receive the necessary support and resources during their stay.

With an increasing number of migrants arriving in Chicago seeking refuge and assistance, the city has been actively working to accommodate and care for these individuals. Recognizing the importance of providing adequate facilities and services, officials decided to utilize Daley College as a temporary shelter for the migrants.

However, this relocation effort has not been without controversy. Some neighbors of Daley College have expressed opposition to the city's plan . Concerns have been raised about potential strain on local resources, increased traffic, and safety issues. These concerns were discussed during a community meeting, where about 300 individuals on both sides of the debate voiced their opinions. Despite the differing views, the meeting remained largely peaceful although there were some anger outbursts that occurred. Some residents complained that the city had already decided on the move before notifying the community or holding the meeting.

Christine Riley, the director of homeless prevention at the city's Department of Family and Support Services, stated that individuals residing at the Daley College shelter will be required to adhere to specific city regulations. These rules include a prohibition on visitors, no possession or use of illegal drugs or alcohol, mandatory check-in and check-out procedures at the front desk, and compliance with an 11 p.m. curfew. To ensure safety and security, the city has enlisted the services of SkyTech Security Services, a contracted security firm, to provide round-the-clock surveillance at the facility. Additionally, local police officers will conduct regular patrols in the area.

Daley College is considered an ideal space for accommodating migrants because it is "move-in ready" and the city does not have to pay rent as it owns the location. Chicago officials said that migrants will be housed at the school until August 1, 2023.

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