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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ‘Very Concerned’ About Chicago Mayor’s ‘Pause’ on New Migrant Shelters

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration plans to stop opening new shelters for incoming illegal border crossers, citing budget constraints and a shift towards “rightsizing” the shelter system.

This move has caused concern for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who expressed worry about the city’s decision to reduce shelter capacity, especially as winter ends.

The city’s plan to limit migrants to 60 days in a shelter and then turn them out has raised further concerns.

“I’m deeply concerned,” Pritzker said. “We do not have enough shelter as it is in the city of Chicago.”

“The city has not told the state where they would like us to put our resources to build new shelters or help them build new shelters. So, we can’t help if they don’t identify those locations. And we need to make sure that we’re not ending shelter capacity, as the city is now planning to do at the end of winter.”

“If you think this problem is going to end when the temperature warms up, it’s not. We will still need shelter for these people,” he noted. “So, I’m deeply concerned, and I’m hoping that at least the plan that I read this morning… is not one that they will actually end up carrying out.”

The city’s decision to halt the construction of a massive migrant tent city has been noted, as well as the state Environmental Protection Agency’s involvement in the matter.

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