ELK GROVE, Ailing. (TOC) — North suburban village officers mentioned they got little discover that 90 migrants would arrive of their neighborhood by bus on Friday afternoon.
About 454 migrants have arrived in Chicago from the Texas border, town’s Division of Household and Help Providers mentioned Saturday. After receiving roughly 364 migrants as of Aug. 31, 90 extra arrived on Friday.
Elk Grove Village officers mentioned state officers knowledgeable them at 1:30 p.m. Friday that these migrants would arrive of their neighborhood by bus that afternoon. However that arrival was delayed till Saturday after village officers mentioned they tried “to realize a greater understanding of the state of affairs” from native, county, state and federal companies.
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Village officers mentioned they didn’t obtain any path from these companies about the right way to deal with the “unanticipated state of affairs,” including that they had been unaware the state’s plan included sending migrants to suburban lodges.
“Whereas the village is now well-informed about what’s going down, I can’t inform you how disappointing it’s to see the haphazard method by which this has been dealt with by county, state, and Metropolis of Chicago officers,” mentioned Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson. “The village obtained no superior discover that the migrants could be arriving right here. We obtained no details about when the bus would arrive, the place the migrants would keep or whose duty it was to supply meals or medical care. Solely after we started making cellphone calls and asking robust questions did we get the solutions we had been on the lookout for.”
The brand new arrivals shall be dropped off on the native La Quinta Lodge, the place some will keep indefinitely, village officers mentioned.
“After having spent the final 24 hours asking robust questions and getting trustworthy solutions, we’re glad that the federal companies tasked with performing well being and security screening on the migrants are doing their job. We have now confidence of their skill to handle this case capably,” Johnson mentioned.
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The mayor additionally assured residents that the village is prepared for the migrants to reach.
“Job primary for us is making certain the well being, security and welfare of our residents and our complete neighborhood. We’ll keep on prime of this case on their behalf, maintain accountable companies accountable, and handle this difficulty in a method that retains our residents protected and well-informed,” Johnson mentioned.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned she welcomes these asylum-seekers, however has known as the busing system quote “inhumane.”
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