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Record Number of Asylum Seekers Arrive in Chicago Saturday Night, Volunteers Overwhelmed

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Chicago volunteers unclear on exactly how many arrived or where they were taken

Chicago received a record number of migrants on Saturday night, with at least five buses carrying asylum seekers arriving in the city. By the end of the weekend, a dozen buses had arrived in the Windy City. This sudden surge marked the largest number of arrivals for a single day and for a weekend, leaving both local authorities and volunteer groups scrambling to respond.

Insiders revealed that volunteer organizations, working closely with the city, received notice just hours before the buses arrived, adding to the challenges of managing this unprecedented situation.

As of late Sunday, the exact number of arrivals and their destinations within the city remained unclear, contributing to the growing complexity of the situation.

Volunteer groups, which have been at the forefront of providing assistance to migrants, find themselves overwhelmed and stretched thin. Their resources are running low, and they are struggling to meet the surging demand for support as the flow of migrants shows no signs of slowing down.

This unexpected surge in arrivals highlights the complexities of managing humanitarian challenges on such a scale. It underscores the importance of coordinated efforts between governmental agencies and volunteer organizations to ensure that asylum seekers receive the assistance they need.

Local authorities have been grappling with the logistics of providing shelter, healthcare, and other essential services to the new arrivals. While the city has shown resilience in the face of adversity, it is evident that a long-term strategy is needed to address the ongoing challenges posed by the continuous arrival of migrants.

The recent surge in unauthorized migration occurred as the Biden administration expanded legal immigration pathways while also intensifying border enforcement measures. The administration's capacity to handle migrants is constrained by existing legislative frameworks and budgetary limitations from the past.

While this policey was intended to sharply decrease the influx of migrants into the U.S., it seems to have done the exact opposite. The number of asylum seekers entering the country last week were the highest they've been since last Spring when Title 42 of the U.S. code came to an end.

This code called for the removal of anyone trying to get into the country who were coming from a country that had instances of a communicable disease. During the pandemic there were no countries that weren't effected by COVID-13 so this essentially dut off any legal immigration avenue into the U.S. When this policy was ended, there were 10,000 crossings a day that the government was aware of, with who knows how many others.

Border Patrol apprehended over 140,000 asylum seekers who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico without authorization during the first 20 days of September alone. This represented a 60 percent increase compared to July.

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