Colorado to stop busing migrants to Chicago and New York, governor says – NBC Chicago

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has pledged to stop busing migrants to Chicago after Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent a letter warning the city has no extra room to accommodate more arrivals .

Meanwhile, groups are asking officials to determine where migrants who have already arrived in Chicago will be housed.

In Woodlawn, neighbors are upset they haven’t had a bigger say in the town’s plans to house migrants at the former Wadsworth Primary School.

“I’m frustrated that they’re putting this here, and I hope to God they’re good people,” locals Luis Cardona said.

Those plans were delayed, but on Sunday morning state and local officials called Lightfoot, who led efforts to open the building to migrants.

“I wasn’t part of the conversation when I should have been, but more importantly they should have brought the community to the table,” Ald said. Jeanette Taylor, who represents the city’s 20th arrondissement.

In response, Mayor Lightfoot said Chicago is a “welcoming city committed to welcoming asylum seekers with dignity and respect.”

Then on Saturday, she and New York City Mayor Eric Adams sent a letter to Polis, asking it to stop sending migrants to the two cities, explaining that the shelters are overcrowded.

The Salvation Army told NBC 5 in an email that migrants now have to go elsewhere.

“As the money runs out, they’re deporting immigrant families with kids, even shelters,” Ald said. Byron Sigcho Lopez, who represents Pilsen, which calls itself an “immigrant community”, according to the Pilsen Alliance.

The Archdiocese of Chicago said there are other possible housing options, such as adopting a family program for parishes.

“The parish would be responsible for providing housing which would be local housing that the parish would pay for or be funded,” said the Reverend Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church in North Lawndale.

Lightfoot said in his letter that since August 2022 nearly 4,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago.

Mary May, spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said 97 migrants arrived by bus in Chicago as recently as last Saturday.

After receiving the letter from the two mayors, Polis promised not to send any more migrants, saying he had had a “productive conversation” with Lightfoot and Adams.

NBC Chicago

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