Illinois Review –
OLYMPIA FIELDS – Thousands of children from Central America are entering the United States through the nation’s southern border, overburdening local facilities and resources. The crisis has the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the search for lodging facilities elsewhere in the states.
One facility being considered is in Chicago’s far southern suburbs – the quiet community of Olympia Fields.
Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement Saturday morning announcing this week the HHS will be conducting an inspection of a former monastery at 203rd and Governors Highway to be used to house some of the children that were illegally sent to America unaccompanied by their parents.
Hultgren called for the effort to halt, saying moving the children to Olympia Fields will only make matters worse for the children.
“We should immediately halt this effort. It is an ill-conceived stop gap solution that will only exacerbate the terrible situation for these children,” Hultgren said. “Moving these children further away from the border unnecessarily elongates their legal limbo at orphanage-style federal facilities while they undergo removal proceedings.”
Congressional candidate Eric Wallace, who lives near the proposed Olympia Fields housing site, echoed Hultgren’s concerns about the children so far from their homes in Central America, and how would the community absorb them into different school levels when the local schools are already financially strapped and struggling to meet community children’s needs.