A file image of the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago's history as a self-proclaimed sanctuary city dates back to 1985, when then Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order prohibiting city employees from enforcing federal immigration laws.

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The infrastructure the city and state has built to receive migrants aims to ensure individuals and families are stabilized before they move on in their journey. 

Community leaders and elected officials have been making a big push to get the city’s and state’s response rates up.