Hundreds of migrants are being hidden behind a black curtain at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, with families left sleeping on the floor for up to 10 days at a time.
This influx of asylum seekers is a result of Texas transporting hundreds of thousands of migrants to Democratic-led cities as a protest against federal border policies – causing many like Chicago to reach their housing limits.
Currently, 433 migrants are seeking shelter at the airport, where black curtains are being used to conceal the worsening humanitarian situation.
The video from within the shelter, obtained by News Nation, reveals children sprawled throughout the room and depicts harsh living conditions, with some migrants describing the situation as truly inhumane.
The makeshift shelter has poor quality food such as instant ramen, lack of access to health care, showers and laundry, inadequate bedding, and no support for placing children in schools, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Migrants have also been sleeping on the floor inside Chicago police stations since June while awaiting access to proper shelters.
Hundreds of migrants are being hidden behind this black curtain at Chicago ‘s O’Hare Airport, where asylum seekers have reported inhumane living conditions with families left sleeping on the floor for up to 10 days
The video from within the shelter reveals children sprawled throughout the room and depicts harsh living conditions, with some migrants describing the situation as truly inhumane
‘While they find another place for us to go, some have been here for 10 days. But people keep leaving and the city of Chicago will take us and will find a place for us to stay,’ Rayberth, a Venezuela migrant who has been staying at O’Hare for nearly a week, told NewsNation.
The overcrowded facility includes many children, far exceeding the city’s capacity limit.
‘Here, we are truly in conditions that are not at all humane. There are many children sick to their stomachs and other things because the food they are being given is not adequate food,’ the migrant added, speaking to News Nation.
Vianney Marzullo, a lead volunteer with the Police Station Response Team advocacy group, told the Chicago Sun Times that O’Hare is supposedly just a holding place for the incoming flights.
Chicago continues to struggle to house the influx of thousands of migrants into the city. About 14,000 migrants have been transported to Chicago by bus since August.
There are 15 shelters for asylum seekers operating across the city currently with another shelter expected to open next month on the South Side.
Currently, 433 migrants are seeking shelter at the airport, forced to sleep on the floors behind black curtains used to conceal the worsening humanitarian situation
A new video captured by FOX 32 last week at Chicago Police Department’s 12th district shows migrants still sleeping on the floor, where they’ve created beds.
Last week, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a letter requesting aid from the federal government to streamline work authorization for asylum seekers.
‘Chicago nears the one-year mark of receiving nearly 14,000 new migrant arrivals from politicians’ inhumane practices,’ Johnson wrote on social media.
Meanwhile, just yesterday Texas sent the twelfth bus filled with migrants to Los Angeles just a week after the city voted to pursue legal action and a criminal probe against the Lone Star state over the bus program.
The bus arrived at Union Station in Los Angeles on Monday morning and carried 23 men, 20 women and 21 children onboard.
The migrants are from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia and Venezuela.
Earlier in June, the state of Florida picked up three dozen migrants in Texas and sent them by private jet to California’s state capital, catching shelters and aid workers in Sacramento by surprise.
Earlier this year, DeSantis sent two planes filled with migrants to ritzy Martha’s Vineyard island, off the coast of Massachusetts.
The migrant crossings come after Title 42 ended in May – causing an influx of people moving into the US over the border.
The migrants staying at Chicago police stations say they are better off than the ones in temporary shelters
A migrant couple from Venezuela and their 17-month-old daughter rest in the lobby of a police station where they have been staying with other migrant families since their arrival to the city on May 9
A migrant father from Venezuela changes the diaper of his 15-month-old son in the lobby of a police station
The migrant bus (like the one pictured above) arrived at Union Station in Los Angeles on Monday and carried 23 men, 20 women and 21 children onboard
The number of migrants arriving in the US has drastically increased in 2022
The Title 42 rules had been in place since March 2020.
The restrictions allowed border officials to quickly return asylum seekers back over the border on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
U.S. authorities have unveiled strict new measures to replace Title 42, which crack down on illegal crossings while also setting up legal pathways for migrants who apply online, seek a sponsor and undergo background checks.
The Biden administration has opened up new ways for migrants to enter the US legally as part of a broader strategy to discourage people from crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.
Migrants waiting in Mexico can apply for US entry on a smartphone app and later request asylum, but slots on the app fill up quickly.
Under another Biden program, Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans can request to enter the US by air if they have US sponsors.
But those routes do not provide the same benefits available to refugees or a direct path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship.