Elk Grove Village Prepared But Were Unprepared for Issues of Bus Arrival Carrying 90 Migrants from Texas

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With no advanced notice, Village officials forced to scramble to get answers about myriad issues related to arrival

Welcome to Elk Grove Village sign on I-90 at southbound Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights (Image capture Mar 2022 ©2022)
Welcome to Elk Grove Village sign on I-90 at southbound Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights (Image capture Mar 2022 ©2022).

The Village of Elk Grove reported that a busload carrying approximately 90 migrants who entered the United States at the Texas border was expected to arrive in Elk Grove Village the morning of Saturday, September 10, 2022. They were scheduled to be dropped off at the local La Quinta Hotel. Some migrants will stay at the hotel indefinitely while others may find shelter elsewhere.




The Village was informed by State of Illinois officials at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 9, 2022 that a migrant bus from Texas would be en route to Elk Grove Village. The bus was due to arrive sometime on the afternoon of Friday, September 9. But its arrival was delayed after Village officials began making inquiries to local, county, state and federal agencies to gain a better understanding of the situation.

This news that the migrants would be coming to Elk Grove Village came with no prior notification that the State’s plan for welcoming migrants included sending them to hotels in suburban communities. The news also came with no direction from state, county or City of Chicago authorities with respect to how municipalities are expected to handle this unanticipated situation, according to Village officials.

Village officials have been in close communication with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Cook County Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security to gain a better understanding of myriad issues that have arisen since the Village was notified of the impending arrival of the migrants.




“After having spent the last 24 hours asking tough questions and getting honest answers, we are satisfied that the federal agencies tasked with performing health and safety screening on the migrants are doing their job. We have confidence in their ability to manage this situation capably. While the Village has no official role in managing this situation, we will continue to stay in very close contact with these agencies to ensure that any concerns we have are addressed fully and in a timely manner.”

— Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson

In a robocall to Village residents today (September 10) to inform them about the arrival of the migrants in Elk Grove Village, Mayor Johnson also expressed his disappointment in how the matter was handled.

“While the Village is now well-informed about what is taking place, I cannot tell you how disappointing it is to see the haphazard way in which this has been handled by county, state, and City of Chicago officials. The Village received no advanced notice that the migrants would be arriving here. We received no information about when the bus would arrive, where the migrants would stay or whose responsibility it was to provide food or medical care. Only after we began making phone calls and asking tough questions did we get the answers we were looking for.”

— Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson

The mayor also reassured residents that the Village is ready for the arrival of the migrants and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“Job number one for us is ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our residents and our entire community. We will stay on top of this situation on their behalf, hold responsible agencies accountable, and manage this issue in a way that keeps our residents safe and well-informed,” said Mayor Johnson.

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