Payam Javan: Hundreds of illegal immigrants are staying in overcrowded makeshift shelters at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, as well as in police stations across the city, as authorities continue to struggle to find more permanent housing solutions.
The airport is currently housing more than 400 illegal immigrants, which is nearly four times the capacity limit set by the city. Video footage shows the illegal immigrants sleeping on the airport’s floors on flimsy mats and cardboard covered in thin sheets.
Authorities have said they are working to find more permanent housing solutions for the illegal immigrants, but in the meantime, they are being forced to stay in the overcrowded and “inhumane” conditions at the airport and in police stations.
The situation at O’Hare International Airport is a reminder of the challenges that cities across the country are facing as they grapple with the influx of illegal immigrants. It is also a reminder of the need for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.