Chicago could see its coldest temperatures since 2019 over the next few days, city officials said on Friday. Mayor Brandon Johnson said the city was ready to keep both residents and newly arrived migrants safe during the unusually brutal winter conditions.
A limit of 60 days on stays in city shelters would be set aside temporarily because of the snow and the predicted single-digit temperatures that would follow, the mayor said.
“We’re not evicting new arrivals out in the cold this winter,” Mr. Johnson said at a news conference. “Our mission is to continue to live up to our values as we welcome new arrivals.” More than 14,500 migrants are in city shelters.
The mayor criticized Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas for continuing to send asylum seekers to Chicago in such conditions. Roughly 140 migrants were awaiting shelter on Friday at the city’s downtown “landing zone,” where busloads of migrants arrive daily from Texas.