Chicago is reportedly considering plans to send migrants to St. Louis, Missouri, following a massive number of asylum seekers entering the city.
The Chicago Sun-Times was among the first to report on the new development as the Biden administration's border crisis continues.
Report: Chicago Looking to Export Illegal Border Crossers to St. Louis, Missouri https://t.co/MreXTnk6vt
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“It could be the potential for a great relationship between both cities,” Karlos Ramirez, vice president of Latino outreach for the International Institute, told the Sun-Times.
“If the [migrants] are going to be in a better place, St. Louis is going to be in a better place, and Chicago is going to be in a better place. I think everybody wins," it continued.
Migrants moving from Chicago to St. Louis:
There are 12 beds available for housing in St. Louis now. The second phase would be closer to 100 beds, with a goal to bring 500 migrants to the region in the first year.
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"In theory, they already have a sponsor, which is how they were accepted into the parole program," Ramirez said, according to NBC 5. "Shortly thereafter they can get a work permit and they're already going to be documented."
"There are 12 beds available for housing in St. Louis under the program, according to Ramirez. The program's second phase would be closer to 100 beds, with a goal to bring 500 immigrants to the region in the first year," it added.
The Chicago plan is part of what could become a multi-city effort to distribute migrants throughout several American cities.
The situation in Chicago is in addition to over 130,000 migrants who have overwhelmed resources in New York City.
The state has continued to struggle with the strain on resources, with both Gov. Kathy Hochul and the city's Mayor Eric Adams demanding federal help.
The situation in Chicago is one way for the Windy City to deal with its problem but only moves the migrants to another location one state away.