Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans today to help house unaccompanied child migrants in the city.
In a statement, the mayor’s office said it will work with the federal government and local organizations, including law firms, to create space in Chicago “for hundreds of additional unaccompanied child migrants traveling from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming year.”
“While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children who are fleeing dangerous conditions,” Emanuel said in the statement. “We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”
One or more sites will be identified that could hold up to 1,000 beds.
According to the statement, the federal government approached the mayor’s office about the possibility of a federally-funded facility containing one thousand beds. “The federal General Services Administration (GSA) would oversee and fund the facilities while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would fund support services for the children, including education, health care, food, security, and legal assistance.”