Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Good news on migrant influx/sheltering/resettlements, but some dark clouds are on the horizon
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Good news on migrant influx/sheltering/resettlements, but some dark clouds are on the horizon

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2024 - Posted by Rich Miller

* CBS 2 story on February 26th

Another migrant shelter in Chicago closes its doors.

CBS 2 has learned the Near South Health Center at 35th and Michigan is no longer housing new arrivals.

It’s the fifth shelter to close down this month.

There are still more than 12,000 migrants in 23 shelters across the city.

The number living in those remaining shelters is down to 11,795 as of yesterday afternoon. That’s far lower than the almost 15,000 shelter residents in late December, and about what the population was on October 23rd. However, back in October, 6,224 migrants were awaiting placements in shelters. That backlog was just 20 people yesterday.

* But this is what Sen. Robert Peters (D-Chicago) told 21st Show host Brian Mackey about the situation

It has slowed down a bit. I would not be surprised if it doesn’t ramp up - the busing of people from Texas to here - as we get closer to the DNC.

The influx has definitely slowed down. According to city data, just 1,051 migrants have arrived in Chicago via Texas bus and by airplane since February 9th. For comparison, 6,643 folks arrived between January 3rd and February 9th.

And Sen. Peters is not the only one who wouldn’t be surprised if the pace increases as the Democratic convention nears. But will the city be caught off guard? What happens if the Texas floodgates re-open and Chicago has shut down even more shelters?

I suppose we’ll find out.

* As of Feb. 28th, 13,798 migrants had been resettled. That number has climbed to 14,165 as of yesterday. The city says the total number of migrants reunited with sponsors is now 5,043, up from 4,893 on Feb. 28.

The resettlement/reunited pace appears to be significantly slowing down. From Feb. 20-28, 1,320 were resettled. Since Feb. 28, just 367 have been resettled. And that’s relevant because evictions are supposed to begin next week

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said the city has not yet decided whether it stick with next week’s deadline to begin migrant shelter evictions. […]

If the date is not moved again, migrant evictions would begin next Saturday, March 16.

Right now, there are nearly 12,000 asylum-seekers staying in 23 shelters run by Chicago and the state.

A whole lot of those asylum-seekers are children. Families should have been exempted from the start, perhaps with some limitations. But another mess could play out in front of our eyes.

* More from Isabel…

    * Tribune | Migrants report shelter staff limits hygiene products and say they fear retaliation for speaking out: The reports of rationing hygiene products come after the Tribune last week reported that a shortage of essential supplies in the city’s shelters forced some parents to reuse dirty diapers on their babies. On Sunday, volunteers distributing boxes of diapers at a city shelter on the Lower West Side said migrants told them they were being retaliated against because they are accepting donated supplies amid the shortages. “There’s concern that when they talk to us or they take our supplies, they get in trouble,” said Southwest Collective founder Jaime Groth Searle.

    * Axios | Most migrants living in Chicago shelters aren’t eligible to work: “Maybe 10% of those in shelters are eligible for work authorization, and, in the best case scenario, maybe half are eligible for rental assistance,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), who chairs the City Council’s Immigration and Refugee Rights committee, tells Axios. “I’m concerned that, by the end of April, this will lead to about 5,000 to 6,000 people out on the street and without the ability to work.”

    * Tribune | North Shore residents providing care packages to displaced migrants: “The ‘Shop and Drop’ program started during COVID,” said Swanson. “Everyone thought maybe three weeks or a month and it would be over. Here we are four years later working through the same needs. Thankfully the infrastructure of distribution to those in need was in place.” […] The packages include water, non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, first aid kits, winter clothing, baby items and children’s comfort items such as books/games/stuffed animals and a note of welcome and encouragement in Spanish is attached to each package.

    * Maine Public | When work permits arrive, asylum seekers in Maine face varying paths toward economic independence: A recent study from Massachusetts, which is also experiencing a sharp increase in asylum seeker arrivals, found that new immigrants in that state can expect to make roughly $24,000 per year when the first start working, and that earnings tend to increase steadily.

    * KUOW | Facing another hotel eviction, Seattle area asylum-seekers lean on religious groups to foot the bill: Councilmember Sarah Perry called on the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, which she said previously helped support refugees from Afghanistan, for help. The association will provide $60,000 for hotels for the next two weeks. […] Leadership at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Seattle said they would help with funding at the other end of that window, as asylum-seekers wait for county funding to kick in.

    * Tucson kVOA | Federal funding to assist with asylum seekers expires in less than 30 days: At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council discussed a plan inspired by what El Paso and San Diego are doing to manage street releases. […] The city also discussed working with the Department of Homeland Security to set up a controlled release spot instead of using the Greyhound bus station. They’re also considering busing migrants to Phoenix since they can provide more help.

    * Sun-Times | Feds pin Chicago shooting on migrant with alleged cartel ties — but there’s no record of charges: But court records show that no charges have been filed in the Feb. 4 attack, and a CPD spokesperson said a suspect was released from custody without being charged. After the Sun-Times asked a marshals spokesperson about the case, a news release posted Monday to the federal agency’s website was taken offline. The spokesperson didn’t respond to a subsequent request for comment.

       

1 Comment
  1. - One Term - Wednesday, Mar 6, 24 @ 1:22 pm:

    The mayor needs to move that date or find another plan. Evicting migrants would set the city back to 6 months ago and is an ugly sight with the DNC right around the corner. It also fails to meet the values the mayor and his coalition ran on.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* AG Raoul orders 'Super/Mayor' Tiffany Henyard's charity to stop soliciting donations as Tribune reports FBI targeting Henyard (Updated x2)
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Pritzker on 'Fix Tier 2'
* Caption contest!
* House passes Pritzker-backed bill cracking down on step therapy, prior authorization, junk insurance with bipartisan support
* Question of the day
* Certified results: 19.07 percent statewide primary turnout
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Update to today’s edition
* It’s just a bill
* Pritzker says new leadership needed at CTA
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller