Dozens of migrants bused from Texas placed in temporary housing in Burr Ridge – Chicago Tribune

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Among hundreds bused to Chicago from Texas over the last week as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to send asylum-seekers to “sanctuary cities,” 64 refugees were taken to a hotel in Burr Ridge for temporary housing, Mayor Gary Grasso said Thursday.

The migrants were transported Wednesday from Salvation Army Shield of Hope in Chicago to an unnamed hotel, Grasso said in a news release.

Village officials were not consulted or contacted about the decision and are gathering information to keep the community updated, he said.

Grasso listed several things he wanted residents to be aware of, including that refugees received health screening at the border and those who required isolation were taken to a public health shelter outside of Burr Ridge.

Village officials also mentioned that the federal government, which handles all immigration matters, granted legal refugee status to these migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and those housed in Burr Ridge are legally permitted to be in the United States.

The refugees temporarily placed in Burr Ridge are mostly families with children, Grasso said.

According to village officials, the families are expected to stay in Burr Ridge over the next few weeks but ultimately no more than 30 days from when they first arrived, and staff members from the Illinois Department of Human Services are staying in town to assist with locating housing and employment. Some of the refugees have families in the area while others are being assisted by private agencies.

The village expects the number of refugees staying in the community to decrease over time as more people find housing and employment, Grasso said.

Earlier this year, Burr Ridge hosted asylum-seeking refugees from Afghanistan who have now found permanent housing and employment, according to the statement.

Grasso assured Burr Ridge residents and businesses that “the current situation will be handled in an orderly and safe manner for all.”

He could not be reached for comment.

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September 8, 2022 at 06:07PM

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