Alderman blasts mayor's idea of a tent city for migrants

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A migrant family from Venezuela arrives with their belongings at a police station where they will stay with other migrant families on May 09, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Brandon Johnson is pushing to create winterized tent cities to house migrants in Chicago. Some of the pushback is coming from Ald. Anthony Beale, who questions the idea.

Johnson on Friday said he’s working with City Council members on a plan to create a system of tent shelters for asylum-seekers, especially those currently sleeping in police stations.

The mayor said there would need to be financial sacrifices in order to pay for the tent program.

Beale, who represents the 9th Ward, said he hasn’t been consulted, but then again he’s not keen on Johnson’s plan.

“We have a very dire situation that’s going on cities like Chicago. We didn’t have a clear plan, and it seems like we’re trying to formulate a plan. But I don’t think a tent city is an ideal plan … because of the climate that we have here in the city of Chicago.”

Johnson said the type of tent shelter he envisions would be winterized.

Currently, Beale’s ward has relatively few migrants, and he said he hopes to keep it that way.

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