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Woodlawn chief, residents worried about migrants in the neighborhood

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago has welcomed 1000’s of migrants in current months, bused in from Texas.

CBS 2 has realized there is a plan in the works to deal with a whole bunch at an old style in the Woodlawn neighborhood and it is a choice many residents, and the alderwoman mentioned, blindsided them.

CBS 2′ Lauren Victory has a narrative you will see Only on 2.

Occasionally, neighbors close to the outdated Wadsworth Elementary School would see the lights on for a meeting or coaching of some type. But not too long ago, different exercise caught their eye: dumpsters and vans that have not been seen at the constructing in years.

“Companies bringing in bathroom equipment, lighting,” mentioned Woodlawn resident Terrance Miller. 

Woodlawn residents had been intrigued, even excited, about what might be coming to sixty fourth and University.

“Maybe put in an incubator, or some type of cultural center,” Miller mentioned.

It’ll be a middle of tradition, however an sudden one. CBS 2 has realized this former college is being prepped to turn out to be a shelter for migrants, a house for as much as 500 asylum seekers bused in from Texas.

“You’re putting them in harms way. It doesn’t make sense.”

Alderman Jeanette Taylor (twentieth) mentioned she had no thought this was occurring or else she would’ve instructed elements of her ward which might be house to Latinx organizations and church buildings.

But by being in Woodlawn…

“They would be in a Black part of the ward where nobody speaks Spanish. Nobody could help them,” Taylor mentioned. 

Taylor, a frequent critic of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, knowledgeable residents about the metropolis’s plans in a letter, calling out the mayor for speeding to create housing in an space that is already struggling.

“It’s great to take care of other people. You’re not doing the same for homeless people in our community,” Taylor mentioned.

Other issues embrace the proximity of the a whole bunch of newcomers to a senior constructing and a highschool.

“We have no idea what the background of the people are that they’re talking about bringing here,” mentioned Woodlawn resident Tracey Thompson. “We as taxpayers, we deserve a lot more transparency and forthrightness.”

No one interviewed mentioned they disagree with serving to asylum seekers, it is simply how the assist is going on. 

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