The city of Chicago is set to spend nearly a whopping $30 million in an effort to relocate its growing illegal alien population out of airports and police stations where they have been sheltered into giant “winterized base camps” before cold weather sets in.
Earlier this month, the Windy City reached a one-year $29.4 deal with GardaWorld Federal Services to provide “migrant temporary housing” as a part of new Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to get around 1,600 migrants out of their temporary locations and into the tent camps “before the weather begins to shift and change.”
The company will be tasked with the construction, staffing, and operation of the communal massive tents which will be able to house up to 1,400 people and will include amenities including dining, laundry, and security. The locations of the camps aren’t specified and “none has been chosen,” according to Ronnie Reese, Johnson’s press secretary.
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“It’s got to be done pretty quickly if it’s gonna get done before the weather breaks,” Reese told the Chicago Sun-Times. “The goal is to decompress the police stations as soon as possible. We know that’s not sustainable.”
“We’ve identified multiple locations around the city that can be suitable to treat the families and individuals, who by law are seeking asylum constitutionally, legally, to have a place that recognizes their dignity,” Johnson said.
“My plan is to move with expediency, families out of police stations into housing and shelters that is more suitable,’ the mayor said when he announced the plan earlier this month.
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Moving the migrants out of crowded police stations and out of O’Hare and Midway airports has been a priority of Mayor Johnson who took over the crime-ridden midwestern metropolis earlier this year, replacing the widely ridiculed Lori Lightfoot at the helm and inheriting a major mess left behind by his predecessor.
“These families are coming to the city of Chicago … If we do not create an infrastructure where we’re able to support, and quite frankly, contain these individuals who have experienced a great deal of harm, individuals who are desperate — if we do not provide support for these individuals and these families, that type of desperation will lead to chaos,” the mayor said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times in which he described the tents as “winterized base camps.”
“There is a sacrifice that is going to be required in this moment … The sacrifices that we are prepared to make in order to ensure that this city is not chaotic and it is not riddled with desperate people,” Johnson added. “And I’m confident that we can do both. That we can make sure that we invest in people who have been marginalized in this city under previous administrations while also staying true to our values.”
Adding to his headaches are the new arrivals who have been stuffed into the city’s police stations and airports with some temporary housing sites resembling dystopian scenes normally reserved for sci-fi movies.
“One of the migrant shelters in Chicago is directly across the street from my building on Michigan Avenue. So I look out the window, and it’s like a scene from Mad Max every single day,” Chicago reporter William Kelly said during a recent Fox News appearance.
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The colossal tents will need to be constructed on pavement or asphalt, limiting the number of potential locations and presenting a challenge for local officials. They will require two acres at a minimum.
“It’s not a camping tent. These are structural tents, they have steel frames, they’re built to withstand even the windiest Chicago winter and they can be heated,” Brian Hopkin, a 2nd Ward Alderman told WGN. “So this is something that is actually an incremental improvement from living on the floor of a police station lobby. But it is still not an adequate solution, it’s merely a bigger bandaid than what we’ve already been doing.”
“I’m not going to accept the notion that the city of Chicago is going to be destroyed,” Johnson told the Sun-Times, rejecting the hyperbole of his fellow Democrat Mayor, Eric Adams of New York. “We are a city of big shoulders. We’ve been through difficult moments and challenges before. And we’re gonna get to the other side of this. I’m confident of that … I was elected to lead. This is not a challenge that will overwhelm us.”
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