Posted on August 17, 2023

Chicago Mayor Floats Idea of Sending Migrants to Suburbs

Andrew Hensel, Center Square, August 15, 2023

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson says the city of Chicago has had conversations with suburban leaders in Cook and other counties about the possibility of moving migrants into their communities.

Thousands of migrant families have arrived in Chicago over the past year. City officials have placed many in police stations, YMCAs and Daley College.

Johnson said the city is looking at other towns to help with housing migrants.

“We’ve had conversations with mayors across not just Cook County but the surrounding counties, and we have had tremendous feedback,” Johnson said. “We see some real support on the horizon.”

Johnson said conversations will continue in the coming days and weeks.


About 12,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago from the southern U.S. border in the past year.


Just this month, Johnson said Chicago would remain open for those who wish to come there, reaffirming the city’s stance as a “sanctuary state,” or a jurisdiction with lax local enforcement of federal immigration laws.