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Community Groups Work to Provide Support to Migrants Arriving From Texas


Community Groups Work to Provide Support to Migrants Arriving From Texas

Hundreds of migrants have arrived in Chicago on buses from Texas since last week.

Their arrival comes as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent hundreds of refugees and immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities like Chicago. Now the city and local organizations are working to get the newly arrived people settled.

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Some of the migrants were sent to the Salvation Army Freedom Center in Humboldt Park. City officials are working with other local organizations to provide them emergency housing.

Sen. Dick Durban recently visited the facility and said he got a chance to speak with some of the families and hear about their journeys. He says at this point, the people at the center of the situation are doing their best to help those transition and figure out what their status is.

Local advocates say the reality is these individuals will need long-term support. Organizations like the Little Village Community Council have been directly involved in helping people with donations from the community.

People have been volunteering to give individuals rides to and from the Salvation Army facility to the organization to pick out clothes, hygiene products, food and get a chance to call their families.

One of the challenges for migrants now is in order to obtain a sponsorship from a nonprofit that provides case management, they must have a residency. Some of the arrivals also have court cases pending in other states and now they have to figure out how to get there.

At Durbin's news conference, he added the people who arrived in Chicago on buses are currently here legally but their ultimate status might take months or even longer to get resolved.


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