Some migrants head back home after dismal stay in Chicago: ‘There’s nothing for us here’

The onset of the brutally cold winter and crummy local conditions has led to some migrants making the journey south to go back home after their dismal experience in Chicago.

Like other Democrat-controlled sanctuary cities, the midwestern metropolis has struggled with accommodating the influx of illegal aliens who have been bused in from border states and the lack of shelter, job opportunities, and hostility from some locals has frustrated new arrivals.

“The American Dream doesn’t exist anymore,” Michael Castejon, a 39-year-old who left Venezuela in search of a better life for his family told the Chicago Tribune. “There’s nothing here for us.”

The outlet reported that on November 3rd, Castejon and his family departed the Windy City to go to Texas, and would soon return to their home country after discovering that the grass wasn’t greener on the northern side of the border, especially trying to eke out an existence in the bone-chilling cold on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Castejon is among those who feel betrayed and misled over what could be expected on arrival in the United States who discovered that asylum wasn’t quickly granted shelter and work permits weren’t easily obtained and that benefits were already taken by those who had gotten here earlier.

“How many more months of living in the streets will it take? No, no more. It’s better that I leave. At least I have my mother back home,” he said. “We just want to be home. If we’re going to be sleeping in the streets here, we’d rather be sleeping in the streets over there.”

“We didn’t know things would be this hard,” he said. “I thought the process was faster.”

According to the Tribune report, over 2,000 people have received financial assistance through the state and Catholic Charities to relocate to other cities that may have been their intended destinations before they were sent to Chicago.

“The state of Illinois determines who is eligible for relocation to other states, then Catholic Charities assists in helping to help make the travel arrangements,” Catholic Charities of Chicago Katie Bredemann told the outlet.

“The word of the situation in Chicago is beginning to spread,” said Brayan Lozano who heads up a volunteer group of the Police Station Response Team at the 1st District station, according to the outlet.

22-year-old Jose Nauh said that he came to Chicago after hearing that there was abundant food, shelter, and other freebies even though he had family in Houston.

“That’s not true,” he said.

“As of Monday, Oct. 30, the City of Chicago has received over 19,800 new arrivals since August 2022. Nearly 12,000 migrants are in city shelters, while more than 3,300 others are awaiting placement – most of them, currently staying at police districts across Chicago,” Fox 32 Chicago recently reported.

Migrants who remain in Chicago have to contend with the seasonal weather changes that they are completely unaccustomed to, having come north from the balmier climate of Latin American countries.

Chicago’s new Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson has come up with a costly $30 million scheme to get the migrants off of the streets and out of airports and police stations where they have taken refuge into giant “winterized base camps” to protect them from the elements.


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