Chicago alderman demands more support for refugees bused in from Texas
CHICAGO - Nearly 3,700 migrants have been bused to Chicago from Texas.
Now, local leaders are asking, "What is the long term plan to care for these families?"
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th Ward led a coalition to City Hall Thursday.
The group delivered a letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanding more support for refugees and migrants in what is called a "Sanctuary City."
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He wants to transform empty churches and schools in his ward into shelters.
"We have mental health services, we have community clinics, we have a food pantry, we have a location in the ward to re-purpose a school and/or a church, so that our communities and refugees can have humane conditions," said Sigcho-Lopez.
He also commented on the delays in getting children enrolled into school.
According to state records, at least 425 school-aged children have been placed in 12 different school districts.