It’s not just a New York problem. Chicago, like some other cities across the country, continues to struggle to house the influx of thousands of migrants. About 14,000 migrants have been transported to Chicago by bus since the start of August.
Currently, 433 migrants are seeking shelter in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, where black curtains are being used to conceal the worsening humanitarian situation. The video from inside the shelter, obtained by News Nation, reveals children throughout the room and depicts harsh living conditions. Families are sleeping on the floor.
The makeshift shelter has terrible food provision, and a lack of access to health care, showers, laundry, adequate bedding, and schools, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
There are 15 shelters for asylum seekers operating across the Windy City, with another expected to open next month on the South Side.
Migrants have also been sleeping on the floor inside Chicago police stations since the start of summer while awaiting access to shelters.
Last week, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (both liberal Democrats) signed a letter requesting aid from the federal government to streamline work authorization for these asylum seekers.
Johnson wrote on social media that Chicago is nearing the one-year mark from the time it started to receive nearly 14,000 new migrants due to politicians’ “inhumane practices.”