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Block Club: After Chartered Private Jet From Texas Flies Migrants To O’Hare, Handlers Flee In Uber

https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/12/21/at-vigil-for-5-year-old-migrant-boy-volunteers-warn-against-more-predictable-deaths/


Chicago Tribune: City has lost all communication about migrant drop offs since new penalties, official says

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/migrant-child-death-pilsen-shelter-halsted/

https://www.axios.com/local/chicago/2023/12/18/migrant-shelters-favorite-healthcare-contract-costs?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axioslocal_chicago&stream=top


https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/letters/ct-letters-vp-120223-20231202-avtwqqakhrc3nn2wkw3ms4sx6e-story.html

https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2023/12/14/24001474/chicago-city-council-anthony-beale-sanctuary-city-referendum-migrant-crisis

https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/12/15/migrants-describe-inhumane-conditions-at-chicagos-largest-shelter/

https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/12/14/city-will-start-impounding-fining-rogue-buses-that-skirt-rules-when-dropping-off-migrants/ 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/immigration/ct-migrants-decompression-family-separations-20231215-bs2nq7mun5b4fndijdgd74nkgq-story.html

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-illinois-naacp-migrants-apology-20231215-7hqslhftinadtj6cd6hr5znzui-story.html


12/8

Axios: Chicago alders advance measure to bolster sanctuary city protections

Chicago Sun Times: Migrant shelter at closed St. Bartholomew school expected to open next
Year

ABC Chicago: City scrambling to determine next steps for migrants in Chicago after camp scrapped by state

ABC Chicago: Others step up to house Chicago migrants after base camp plan scuttled, Pritzker defends decision

WGN: 3 Chicago aldermen call for resignations over failed Brighton Park migrant site

Block Club: Logan Square’s The Parlor Is Helping Mutual Aid Groups Support People In Need

12/5
Axios: Illinois halts construction of Chicago migrant camp

Block Club: Brighton Park Tent Encampment Construction On Hold For At Least A Week, City Lawyer Says

Chicago Tribune: State drafted, but never sent to Texas, flyer aimed at discouraging migrants from coming to Chicago

ABC Chicago: Chicago migrants staff Hermosa food pantry: ‘They just want to do something

ABC Chicago: Judge denies temporary restraining order after construction halted at Brighton Park migrant camp

Chicago Sun Times: Suit to stop Brighton Park migrant tent site dismissed, for now

12/4
Axios: Mercury found on Brighton Park migrant camp site

Block Club Chicago: Brighton Park Tent Encampment Deemed Safe — Despite Mercury, Arsenic Contamination, Mayor’s Office Says

WGN: Emergency hearing to be held on Brighton Park migrant base camp

Chicago Tribune: Volunteer networks step up to provide health needs to migrants at police stations

Chicago Tribune: A plea to Biden from longtime undocumented immigrants in Chicago: ‘Please don’t forget about us, we need job permits too’

State Senator Robert Peters in the Sun Times: Chicago must remain a sanctuary city because ‘that is who we are’

Sherman “Dilla” Thomas in the TRiiBE: Blaming migrants for Chicago’s problems is a historical trend

11/30
Chicago Sun Times: Brighton Park migrant tents begin rising

Chicago Tribune: Protesters in Brighton Park speak out against migrant camp as construction begins

Block Club: 17 Churches To Become Migrant Shelters As City Hurries To Provide Housing For Winter

CBS Chicago: 17 Chicago churches to take in migrants from police stations, as work begins on tent camp in Brighton Park

ABC Chicago: Migrants in Chicago: Churches begin taking in migrants as part of Mayor Johnson’s initiative

NBC Chicago: Efforts continue to find housing for migrants in Chicago

11/28

WTTW: State Officials to Use $65M to Build Brighton Park Base Camp, Transform Little Village CVS into Migrant Shelter

Chicago Tribune: Construction on Brighton Park migrant camp to begin with state involvement this week despite aldermanic opposition

Block Club: Migrant Shelter Opens Near Salt Shed In Goose Island

ABC Chicago: Mayor Johnson set to announce mobilization of faith, philanthropic resources for migrants

Capitol Fax: Bus arrivals trending upward again

Sun Times: City changing migrant arrivals playbook


Block Club: As Chicago’s Shelter Rule For Migrant Families Takes Effect, Here Are Three Student Rights To Know

Chicago Tribune: ‘I can’t do a lot of things, but I can do this’: How one Chicagoan is stepping up for migrant children with disabilities

11/27
Chicago Tribune: Pritzker administration sought migrant tent camp proposals before Mayor Brandon Johnson took office, records show

Block Club: Brighton Park Tent Camp Construction Not Starting Yet, City Says

Sun Times: Construction of winter tents for migrants in Brighton Park to start Monday, alderperson says

ABC Chicago: Chicago migrants: Construction on Brighton Park base camp will not begin Monday, mayor’s office says

ABC Chicago: Lawsuit from Chicago residents over handling of migrant housing in court Monday

Sun Times: Venezuelan artist paints his way to Chicago: ‘I never dreamed I would do that’

Sun Times Op-Ed: Chicago has been a welcoming city for centuries (Buildings Commissioner Matthew W. Beaudet)

Sun Times Op Ed: Giving thanks for new neighbors — migrants — who are becoming part of Chicago and America (New Life Centers’ Matt DeMateo)

Chicago Tribune: Half full: Migrants struggle to eat in Chicago

Chicago Tribune Op Ed by Jose Muñoz: Continued division over Chicago’s migrant crisis will breed only more chaos for everyone

Politico: Democratic cities brace for a nightmare winter housing migrants

11/22
CBS Chicago: Migrants, unhoused Chicagoans give thanks for free haircuts and a fresh start

11/21

Chicago Tribune: Asylum-seekers cleared from once-crowded Chicago police station as city begins to enact new policies

WBEZ’s Reset: Volunteers blindsided by new 60-day limit on migrant stays in Chicago shelters

Advocates wonder where people will stay once their time in Chicago shelters runs out.

CWB Chicago: Abracadabra! Migrant camp outside Chicago police station disappears as city aims to have all stations cleared by December 1

Sun Times: Brighton Park migrant tent site construction blocked by protesters: ‘Show me the permit; I’m ready to go to jail.’

11/20 

Block Club: What Does The City’s New 60-Day Shelter Limit Mean For Migrants In Chicago?

WBEZ: Migrants are finding spare rooms and shared spaces as an alternative to city shelters

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Faced with a growing migrant crisis in Chicago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker rides to the city’s rescue

Axios: New migrant policies cut services to new arrivals in Chicago

Axios: Micro homes could help house migrants in Chicago

Chicago Tribune: Man charged with shooting and critically injuring 25-year-old near migrant shelter in Woodlawn

Block Club: Donate Winter Clothes, Other Goods For Migrants At Pilsen 5K

Block Club: South Shore Thanksgiving Party An ‘Olive Branch’ Between Longtime Residents, Migrants

11/16
Capitol Fax: State to lay out ‘next steps in managing the asylum seeker crisis’ tomorrow (Updated)

Chicago Tribune: Mayor Brandon Johnson announces effort to get migrants out of shelters within 60 days

WTTW: Chicago to Limit Migrants to 60 Days in City Shelters as Part of New Approach to Crisis: Johnson

WBEZ: Mayor Johnson is imposing a “tiered” 60-day limit on migrant stays in city shelters

Sun Times: Johnson implementing 60-day limit on shelter stays in next phase of plan to confront migrant crisis

WBEZ: Cook County pitches a $100 million fund for migrants and disaster aid

Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board: Mayor Johnson gets a green light on budget, but kicks the fiscal can down the road on migrant spending

WBEZ: The stars of the high school concert? A rock band of migrant teens.

11/14

Sun Times: Number of migrants arriving by bus, staying in Chicago police stations at lowest point in months

WTTW: As Backlash Against Chicago’s Sanctuary City Status Gains Steam, Supporters Warn of Consequences

Block Club: Downtown Alderman, Volunteers Help Migrants Apply For Temporary Protected Status

Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board: Catholic Charities of San Antonio does Chicago no favors by failing to give a heads-up when migrants are on the way

11/13
Sun Times Op-Ed: Migrant crisis won’t be solved by repealing Welcoming City ordinance

Sun Times: Hundreds gather in Brighton Park to oppose proposed migrant camp

Chicago Tribune: Migrant family journeys back to Venezuela, more leaving Chicago as winter looms: ‘The American Dream doesn’t exist anymore’

Chicago Tribune: City ID card event cancellations frustrate migrants desperate for official identification

Chicago Tribune: Migrants flown to Chicago by Catholic Charities in San Antonio, even with winter approaching and no place to sleep

WTTW: Lincoln Square Church Shelters Migrant Families: ‘We Had the Space, We Saw the Need’

11/10

WTTW: With ‘Base Camps’ Weeks Away from Opening, Officials Scramble for Temporary Plan for Migrants

Chicago Tribune Letter to the Editor: There should be enough resources to help the migrants and the unhoused in Chicago

WBEZ’s Reset: New pilot program to help migrants get one step closer to work permits

Sun Times: Despite internal police alerts, scant evidence of violent gang members among Venezuelan migrants in Chicago

Block Club: Englewood Organizer Needs Help Feeding 1,000 Neighbors, Migrant Families On Thanksgiving

11/9

ABC Chicago: Residents concerned as plans for controversial Brighton Park migrant camp move forward

Chicago Sun Times: Northwest Side pastor pioneers migrant resettlement program through churches

Paul Vallas in the Chicago Tribune: Gov. J.B. Pritzker should use executive powers to take action on migrant crisis

11/8

Chicago Sun Times: Shouts, tears, boos from crowd force recess of City Council committee meeting during heated migrant debate

Block Club: Morgan Park Migrant Tent Camp Plans Approved — But For One Year Only

CBS News Chicago: After compromise with local alderman, City Council OKs plan for migrant tent camp in Morgan Park

WTTW: City Council OKs Plan to Transform Former Jewel, Parking Lot on Far South Side Into Migrant Shelter

Chicago Tribune: Oak Park announces it’s temporarily moving 160 migrants from churches to a YMCA and hotel

WGN: Brighton Park residents voice opposition to migrant camp in 12th Ward

Chicago Tribune: President Biden, Illinois and Chicago officials launching a one-stop work permit program for migrants

11/7

Chicago Sun Times: White House, state, city team up for pilot program to help migrants apply for work permits

Fox 32 Chicago: Englewood residents rally against migrant bus arrivals

Axios’ 1 Big Thing: Our sanctuary city’s future

Axios: Chart of the day: Bus arrivals drop


Chicago Sun Times: Venezuelan migrant families in Chicago find comfort in Lake Michigan

11/6

Greg Hinz/Crain’s: As the whole world watches, will Chicago live up to its immigrant ideals?

Chicago Tribune: As temperatures fall, the number of sick children sleeping outside of police stations increases, migrant advocates say

WTTW: As Temperatures Drop, Volunteers and Medical Professionals Work to Prepare Migrants for a Chicago Winter

CWB Chicago: 1 migrant dies, another survives after being found unresponsive outside Chicago police station

Block Club: Northwest Side Police Officer Collecting Bilingual Books For Migrant Children

ABC Chicago: US Rep. Jonathan Jackson calls for rest of Illinois to step up as more Chicago migrants arrive

Chicago Tribune: Homeless Chicagoans also living at police stations alongside migrants

11/3

Chicago Sun Times: In Washington, Mayor Brandon Johnson pushes for more federal help to deal with migrant crisis

WTTW/AP: Brandon Johnson, Other Big City Mayors Get Audience with Biden Administration Officials to Pitch Request for Help with Migrants

Chicago Tribune: Mayor Brandon Johnson in Washington to ask for $5B in migrant funding

Tweets from Paris Schutz and Sen. Dick Durbin: Senator Durbin calls on Biden to offer more federal $$$ to aid in Chicago’s migrant crisis, echoing the pleas for help from local lawmakers

Axios: Chicago City Council punts on sanctuary city debate — for now


Sun Times: City signs lease for site of potential Brighton Park migrant tent camp — leaving local alderperson ‘frustrated and disappointed’

NBC Chicago: Chicago signs land use contract for $91K per month to house migrants in vacant lot in Brighton Park

Block Club: Migrants Sleep Outside In Frigid Temps As City Council Squabbles About What To Do Next

WGN: Chicago residents fed up with lack of communication on migrant housing locations


Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices (including interviews with mutual aid and migrant support volunteers)

11/2

Associated Press: Chicago and other US cities struggle to house asylum-seekers as winter weather hits

Chicago Tribune: Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to turn old Jewel-Osco into migrant shelter stalls, but he says ‘winter is not here yet’

Block Club: River North Migrant Shelter Still Being Considered Despite Mayor’s Denials, Alderman Says

Chicago Tribune: Oak Park opens police station, undisclosed shelter to dozens of migrant families housed outdoors in tents as temperatures drop

Capitol Fax: Asylum-seekers coverage roundup

Block Club Chicago podcast: ‘You Make Your Table Longer’ – The Woman Opening Her Home To Migrants While Battling Terminal Cancer

WBEZ Chicago: The sudden snow is presenting new challenges for thousands of migrants

11/1

Front page of the Chicago Tribune: Freezing temperatures, uncertainty and concern among migrants living outside Chicago police stations: ‘How are we going to survive winter here?’ (image below)

In These Times: Cruelties Collide for Migrants in Chicago (Part 2 in a series; Part 1 is here, En español aquí y aquí)

Block Club: Migrant Boy, 6, Hit By Car Outside Of Police Station Tent Camp: ‘They Need A Place Inside’


10/31

Awesome Sun Times op-ed by 8th district volunteers Jaime Groth Searle and Adriana Vargas: Opening your minds and ears to migrants leads to open hearts, Chicago

WBEZ Reset: As temperatures drop, how are Chicagoans meeting needs of people living in tents?

Sun Times: Plan for 2nd migrant tent camp at donated Jewel, parking lot clears City Council committee

Block Club: Key City Committee OKs Purchase Of Far South Side Lot To Become Migrant Camp

Block Club: Downtown Alderman Pleased After City Abandons ‘Terrible’ River North ‘Migrant Hotel’ Plan


Alderwoman Julia Ramirez on Twitter: We have requested a second community meeting from the Mayor’s Office for the proposed shelter on 38th & California. You can join this virtual meeting for information and updates, as well as provide public comment. Thurs 11/2 6:30-8pm via Zoom. Register: http://bit.ly/ward12shelter

Reporter Laura N. Rodríguez Presa’s tweets from accompanying migrants at a police station in the cold last night:
https://twitter.com/LAURA_N_ROD/status/1719329189545877987 

10/30

Sun Times: Plan for 2nd migrant tent camp at donated Jewel, parking lot clears City Council committee

ABC Chicago: Morgan Park residents raise concerns over city’s plans for migrant shelter at vacant lot

Alderman Mosley on X: My statement regarding the update on the proposed Asylum-Seeker shelter at 115th and Halsted

WTTW: Vote Set on Plan to Transform Former Jewel, Parking Lot on Far South Side Into Migrant Shelter

NBC Chicago: Roseland residents frustrated over proposal to build migrant shelter


Block Club: More Than 3,400 Migrants Have Been Flown Into Chicago Since June, City Data Shows

Buses are dropping off migrants in the city daily. But cities like New York, Denver and San Antonio are also flying migrants here as they struggle to accommodate new arrivals.

10/27

CBS Chicago: West Town residents sue Chicago over possible migrant shelter in industrial building

Chicago Tribune: Chicago officials say trip to Texas helped build collaboration with border cities in addressing migrant crisis

ABC Chicago: Hermosa health clinic offers care specifically for new arrival migrants

Block Club: Uptown Coat Drive A Chance To Donate Clothes, Meet Migrant Neighbors

10/26

Sun Times: Chicago-area retiree opens her home to migrants — ‘new family members’ — stuck at police stations

Axios: Chicago quietly renews controversial migrant shelter staffing contract

Block Club: Upcoming Ukrainian Village Migrant Shelter Will Now House Families, City Says 

New York Times: Texas Lawmakers Vote to Let Local Police Arrest Migrants

Washington Post: Border crossings by Venezuelans decline as Biden starts deportations

Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago opens up another multimillion-dollar contract for feeding migrants

10/25


On Tuesday’s meeting in Brighton Park

Sun Times: ‘Welcoming spirit’ vs. worries over safety: Brighton Park residents at odds over migrant tent plan

Up to 2,000 asylum seekers could be placed in the shelter. Residents expressed concerns over safety at Tuesday’s meeting, but one urged compassion. “We have to have kindness, peace and not be against each other, because we are America,” the 92-year-old resident said.

Chicago Tribune: Protesters scuffle with police ahead of emotional community meeting over tent city for migrants in Brighton Park

Block Club: Neighbors Clash With City Officials Over Plan To House 2,000 Migrants At Brighton Park Tent Camp

While some neighbors spoke in support of the city, many who were opposed shouted things like “Send them back.”

https://news.wttw.com/2023/10/24/heated-community-meeting-officials-detail-plan-transform-vacant-brighton-park-lot

https://twitter.com/jimdaleywrites/status/1717005228342493454/photo/1

Other Topics

Vanity Fair: “We Just Can’t Get in Front of It”: Is Joe Biden Sleeping on Chicago’s Migrant Crisis?

Axios: Why Ukrainian and Latino migrations to Chicago worked out so differently

WBEZ: Rep. Jonathan Jackson wants federal investigation of Texas governor over migrant crisis

Chicago Tribune: Residents’ uprising leads to rejection of multimillion dollar grant for migrant services in Joliet area

New York Times: First Venezuelans Sent Back Under New U.S. Policy Arrive in Caracas

The deportation of migrants who had entered the U.S. illegally came as the Biden administration lifted some sanctions against Venezuela.

10/24
Chicago Sun Times: Toxic past leads to concern about Brighton Park migrant tent site 

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorials-brandon-johnson-migrants-julia-ramirez-police-union-20231024-drkqumuhbzejzlcoyuuhubgfgq-story.html

https://news.wttw.com/2023/10/24/city-clerk-cancels-mobile-city-hall-events-amid-crush-demand-municipal-ids-migrants

https://www.wbez.org/stories/over-protests-city-officials-confirm-brighton-park-tent-plan-pending-final-assessments/819616a8-d484-4cce-a33b-78de77d13fe4

10/23

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-volunteer-migrant-permanent-housing-20231023-nb7nqyte7vdjrnwliicuzefjb4-story.html

https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/oak-park-migrants-grant-money

Earlier 

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@commonlibrary/video/7294063987967233323?_r=1&_t=8guuxH7qFEQ

Capital B News: ‘We All Deserve Help’: Building Black-Latino Solidarity Amid Migrant ‘Crisis’

https://inthesetimes.com/article/how-the-u-s-drove-venezuelans-north

https://www.chicagotribune.com/immigration/ct-favorite-staffing-migrants-shelters-20231020-6emk6dgwc5eyhpfdm4tzaoquhq-htmlstory.html

https://www.wbez.org/stories/st-louis-proposes-to-help-chicagos-migrant-crisis/75f3b342-9209-4db4-b3b4-9a5e2bf7ce8a

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/rep-jonathan-jackson-calls-for-federal-investigation-into-gov-abbott-over-migrant-busing-program/3254353/

7/18/2023 – Chicago SunTimes A day with Chicago migrants and the people trying to help them

7/9/2023 – The Hill

How new tactics have driven a spike in book ban attempts

7/7/2023 – WBEZ

The city is moving migrants out of a Chicago police station amid allegations of ‘sexual misconduct’

7/5/2023 – AP News

US citizenship test changes are coming, raising concerns for those with low English skills

6/29/2023 – Block Club Chicago

After Failing To Respond To Migrant Crisis, City Council’s Immigration Committee Calls On Itself To Meet More Often