Busload of migrants dropped in Fox River Grove early Saturday

People left at Metra station were sent on to Chicago

In the early morning hours Saturday, a bus of 38 individuals identified as migrants from Texas were dropped at the Fox River Grove Metra station, village officials announced via Facebook.

The individuals were told they had arrived in Chicago when they disembarked from the bus, according to the post.

By 7 a.m., arrangements were made to allow the individuals to continue on to Chicago via Metra, according to the village.

Before the individuals were sent on to Chicago, Fox River Grove police helped provide a warming shelter, according to the post.

“[Fox River Grove] police officers promptly provided the stranded migrants with access to a warming shelter, ensuring some safety and comfort throughout the night,” according to the post, which also says that Metra Police assisted.

Fox River Grove was in communication with McHenry County Emergency Management during the incident and “will continue to coordinate with McHenry County EMA regarding the potential for future migrant transports to FRG,” according to the post. “The Village of Fox River Grove remains committed to upholding the values of compassion, safety, and community. The Village will continue to work diligently with all relevant stakeholders to address this incident and implement measures that prioritize the well-being of everyone involved.”

The city of Chicago passed an ordinance on Dec. 13 prohibiting buses from arriving and dropping people off in the city with no prior notice.

Since then, a bus filled with 38 migrants were brought from Texas and dropped off on Thursday at the Elburn Metra station, officials there said. Other Illinois locations outside Chicago, including Aurora and a gas station in Kankakee County, have had bus loads of people from Texas, believed to be immigrants, dropped off in the town in recent weeks.

According to the Will County Emergency Management Agency, migrants have been left in Lockport, Manhattan and University Park.

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