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Chicago is taking migrants from two more Park District shelters

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of migrants were moved from shelters at two other Chicago Park District facilities this weekend as city officials worked to clear migrants from all parks in time for normal summer programs.

City officials confirmed that migrants were moved from the shelters at Gage Park in the Gage Park neighborhood and Brands Park in the Avondale neighborhood over the weekend, and that those shelters have since closed. As of April 5, 226 migrants were living in the Gage Park shelter, and 90 in Brands Park.

Two weeks ago, the city moved nearly 200 migrants from Piotrowski Park in Little Village and Leone Beach Park in Rogers Park.

In late March, Mayor Brandon Johnson’s office said that asylum seekers living in field houses at five locations in the Park District would be moved to other shelters so that park facilities can reopen to the public and normal programming can resume in time for the summer be resumed.

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The last Park District location still used as a migrant shelter was Broadway Armory Park in Edgewater. It was not clear how quickly the migrants living there would be moved to other shelters.

Once these migrant shelters are closed, Park District officials will assess the facilities and make any repairs or other maintenance necessary to resume normal operations. The mayor’s office said it expects all five park district locations to be ready for full summer programming this year.

As of Monday morning, a total of 9,173 migrants were living in 18 active shelters in Chicago. Another 132 were awaiting placement in shelters — 130 of them in the city’s landing zone and two at Chicago police stations.

The number of migrants staying in city-run shelters has fallen significantly in recent months. At the beginning of the year, more than 14,700 migrants were living in 27 shelters in Chicago. However, city officials have said they expect the number of migrants arriving in Chicago to rise in the coming months ahead of the Democratic National Convention in August.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott began sending buses and planes carrying migrants to Chicago and other sanctuary cities in August 2022 to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Since then, more than 39,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Chicago, although the vast majority are no longer living in city shelters, having either found permanent homes in the Chicago area or moved to other parts of the country.

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