Chicago Mayor Johnson Aims to Move Migrants Out of Shelters in 60-Day Plan

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In a statement made on Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson pledged to try to get immigrants out of city-run shelters in less than 60 days, but he provided little details about what would happen to them if they manage to meet the deadline.

When asked about the specifics of the 60-day limit, the mayor repeatedly backed down, stating that more information would be available on Friday.

According to him, there will be a “more expedited process” for migrants to be relocated as well as placed on the path to employment thanks to state and federal partners. 

State officials have confirmed that the state will make a declaration about this new partnership on Thursday.

Johnson also declared that bus companies that transport migrants would start to face fines from the city if they violate the curfew, landing zone locations, or loading and unloading guidelines. There will also be more personnel at the points of arrival. 

The new shelter rules’ specifics were not well-documented, but Johnson’s administration promised to provide more details on Friday when the policy is scheduled to take effect. 

Johnson has never before implemented such a strict approach to overseeing overcrowded shelters; this is because winter is quickly approaching and the city has not yet built its “winterized” base camps.

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Johnson Highlights Additional Resources from The State

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In a statement made on Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson pledged to try to get immigrants out of city-run shelters in less than 60 days, but he provided little details about what would happen to them if they manage to meet the deadline.

Johnson emphasized that additional resources the city is scheduled to receive from both the county and the state will assist the city more quickly expedite resettlement. 

With winter approaching, Johnson did not instantly clarify if migrants are going to be asked to leave shelters once they have not found more permanent housing after 60 days.

The new shelter-stay limitations, according to Johnson’s First Deputy Chief of Staff Cristina Pacione-Zayas, will align with federal initiatives to establish pilot clinics that assist immigrants in obtaining work permits. 

If migrants are forced to leave after 60 days, would they be able to re-enter the city’s shelter system? She declined to answer.

She did, however, also imply that migrants who are getting close to housing won’t be ejected from shelters at the 60-day mark.

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