Mayor Johnson presses migrant funding case in DC

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson will join other mayors Thursday in Washington, D.C., to step up pressure on the Biden White House and Congress to provide more federal assistance to help with the growing migrant crisis.

Johnson will be joined by the mayors from New York, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles, a spokesperson said.

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The group will meet in the morning at the White House with Tom Perez, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, who has been in contact with officials from Chicago and the state of Illinois in the last few months.

The trip comes as the crisis in providing housing and other services to the migrants grows.

Johnson also plans to meet with members of the Illinois House delegation and with senators from Illinois, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and other states.

Most of the migrants in Chicago are from Venezuela and are seeking asylum for various reasons. The Johnson administration has been looking for state and federal financial help to pay for migrant care, with $150 million earmarked to care for them next year.

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