Chicago’s influx of immigrants is overflowing into the Illinois community. Because of this plastic situation, more city town and county officials are taking steps to prevent immigrants from overflowing in their communities.
There are some road signs put up in Grundy County that say “No migrant buses this exit.”
Recently Chicago has seen nearly 30,000 noncitizen migration arrivals since August 2022 and has already fined separate buses $5000 for violating migrant drop-off regulations with the possibility of buses that violate the rules being imposed.
Buses loaded with migraine from the Southern US border have been sent to other places like Rosemont and Cicero.
In October, Jolient Township made a decision that it will no longer ask for a state grant to house migrants. This decision came after the meeting when residents claimed that township officials were trying to push through a $8.6 million grand deal.
On January 9, 2024, the meeting will be held where the board is expected to vote on a resolution addressing unplanned buses that stop in Dwight, Morris, or any part of the country.
If this resolution passes it will change the law enforcement then the law enforcement will be used to get the buses to keep moving. If the bus driver that will drop off the migrants managers to leave before the law enforcement gets there the country will take migrants to the nearest train station.
Balkema stated, “Their destination is not Grundy County and we want to make sure they keep moving.”
“But that is not happening right now,” Balkema said. “I can’t believe we are having this conversation. People are just walking across the border and there are risks. You look at things like sex trafficking and you have men, women and children who could get dumped off at any rural truck stop standing in blankets.”
In Grundy County, Balkema is ramping up his resolution of being a non-sanctuary county with an emergency plan. The county is making it clear it will not take grant money from the state to address migrants that end up in the county nor will it be “welcoming.”
“What happens if a bus drops off 50 people at a bus stop or at a truck stop at 3 a.m., and the bus driver takes off, and we’ve got 50 people that are standing in blankets,” Balkema asked. “What do we do?”
“It is depressing to be here,” Caulkins said in a live social media video from the southern border.