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15 More Buses Filled With Migrants Arrive in Chicago Over Weekend

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

More busloads of asylum seekers arrive as Windy City struggles to support those already there along with many others in need across the city

Over the weekend, Chicago witnessed the arrival of 15 more buses carrying migrants and asylum seekers, adding to the ongoing challenge of accommodating those seeking refuge in the city. This influx of newcomers has placed a significant burden on Chicago's resources as it grapples with finding ways to support these individuals and the broader population in need.

While Chicago works to address the needs of asylum seekers, dedicated volunteers have stepped forward to make these families feel welcome despite the challenging circumstances they face.

One such volunteer, Sonia Garcia, a member of Chicago Father's for Change, set up her food truck at the 15th Police District in Austin on Saturday. She provided meals to the new arrivals and expressed the desire to help them achieve a better life. Garcia emphasized the importance of both city support and community efforts in aiding these individuals.

Annie Gomberg, who volunteers as the District 15 Lead Organizer assisting asylum seekers, shared that approximately 15,000 people have arrived in Chicago from countries like Venezuela and other parts of South America since last August. Over the weekend, 15 new buses arrived, adding to the city's challenges. Gomberg revealed that District 15 has run out of space, and those arriving may have to sleep outdoors. Efforts are being made to provide tents to make the environment as hospitable as possible.

Despite the ongoing influx of migrants, plans are still in place for a controversial $29 million contract aimed at creating one or two base camps to shelter people. However, some community leaders, like Baltazar Enriquez, the president of the Little Village Community Council, hope for an alternative approach. Enriquez suggested that the mayor reconsider tent cities and explore the possibility of finding suitable buildings for asylum seekers to live in.

Community organizers and volunteers have noted that several families with available space have opened their homes to asylum seekers. They encourage more individuals to consider extending such generosity to help address the growing need.

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