Chicago Temporarily Housing Migrants Inside O'Hare International Airport

Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for | Updated: Oct 04, 2023
Chicago Temporarily Housing Migrants Inside O'Hare International Airport

Chicago Temporarily Housing Migrants Inside O'Hare International Airport

Hundreds of migrants reportedly live inside Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for several weeks as the Windy City prepares to relocate them into shelters.

According to Fox News, migrants are currently residing in a shuttle buttle center inside the airport’s International Airport’s Terminal 1, where they share bathrooms and sleep on the cardboard laid out on the floor. 

Vianney Marzullo, a volunteer at O’Hare, told the Associated Press that the shuttle bus center was meant to be a "stop-and-go place." 

"It’s very concerning. It is not just a safety matter, but a public health matter," she said.

The undocumented immigrants live behind a black curtain, and a private company keeps track of their movement. The AP noted that migrants are housed at Chicago’s two international airports, O’Hare and Midway.

At present, Chicago is struggling to determine how to house migrants over the course of time while more shelters remain to be built. 

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has bussed migrants to several cities, including Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. He explained that the decision is supposed to "provide much-needed relief to our overrun border towns." 

"Texas communities like Eagle Pass and El Paso should not have to shoulder the unprecedented surge of illegal immigration caused by President Biden’s reckless open border policies. I have directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to deploy additional buses to send these migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities and provide much-needed relief to our overrun border towns," Abbot said in a press release last month.

"Until President Biden upholds his constitutional duty to secure America’s southern border, Texas will continue to deploy as many buses as needed to relieve the strain caused by the surge of illegal crossings," he continued.

At present, the Windy City has added 15 shelters in May of this year and has relocated about 3,000 people. 

Cristina Pacione-Zayas, the first deputy chief of staff for Mayor Brandon Johnson, said the city is attempting to resolve the capacity issue. 

"Is it perfect? No. But what we have done is stood in our values to ensure that we live up to operationalizing a sanctuary city," she told the AP. "We will continue to work on it, but we are holding the line."

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Chicago Temporarily Housing Migrants Inside O'Hare International Airport