Chicago Mayor Reportedly Designates $95M from Federal COVID-19 Aid for Migrant Housing

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Mayor Brandon Johnson allocated Chicago’s $95 million surplus budget to manage the rising expenses linked to the arrival of thousands of undocumented migrants in the city.

The move, revealed by Mayor Johnson’s top aide in a report by the Chicago Sun-Times, aims to showcase the city’s commitment to providing care and shelter for the over 15,000 migrants inundating Chicago.

Jason Lee, senior adviser to Mayor Johnson, emphasized that while these resources will offer assistance, they will not alter the ongoing challenges tied to the city’s volatile migrant crisis. 

Lee told the Sun-Times, “This doesn’t change that outlook,” underscoring the urgent need for more federal assistance.

The Windy City has witnessed a staggering influx of over 20,000 migrants since August 2022. Mayor Johnson has repeatedly criticized the federal government, particularly President Joe Biden’s administration, for what he perceives as insufficient financial assistance in managing the escalating situation.

Chicago’s Surplus Funds for Humanitarian Aid

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Mayor Brandon Johnson allocated Chicago’s $95 million surplus budget to manage the rising expenses linked to the arrival of thousands of undocumented migrants in the city.

Mayor Johnson expressed concern about the sustainability of their efforts without substantial federal aid. “Without real significant investment from our federal government, it won’t just be the city of Chicago that won’t be able to maintain this mission; it’s the entire country that is now at stake,” Johnson asserted, stressing the gravity of the situation.

Mayor Johnson has taken a firm stance by openly criticizing the actions undertaken by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. He has expressed his disapproval and condemnation of Governor Abbott’s decisions or initiatives.

Abbott has been transporting migrants, via buses and now flights, into Chicago, aiming to draw attention to the challenges faced by border towns in Texas due to illegal immigration. Johnson criticized Abbott for what he saw as exacerbating rather than resolving the migrant crisis.

Mayor Johnson’s office has not responded to Digital’s requests about this issue promptly.

The allocation of the city’s surplus funds underscores Chicago’s commitment to managing the humanitarian needs of the migrants, yet highlights the urgent necessity for broader federal intervention to address this complex and escalating situation.

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