Illinois governor shutters $65 million migrant camp in Chicago after Biden’s EPA complains of ‘cancer-causing’ agents

by Sara Higdon at

On Tuesday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that he is shutting down Chicago’s planned $65 million camp to house illegal immigrants near Brighton Park after an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report showed toxic chemicals on the property. 

According to NBC, the EPA released an 800-page report that showed the site set to house over 2,000 immigrants had mercury, arsenic, lead, cyanide, pesticides, and PCBs found on site. 

In a statement, Pritzker’s office said, “EPA standards on sampling and remediation are clear and known to the City. Those are not the standards the City chose to use.” It continued, “The City did not engage with IEPA or the State before releasing the report and when it did release the report, was unable to explain the lesser standards they did choose to use and how they arrived at those standards.”