Lockport Utilizes Home Rule to Set Strict Migrant Bus Drop-Off Times

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LOCKPORT, IL – In a decisive response to the influx of migrants via intercity buses, Lockport Mayor Steve Streit has issued an Executive Order, leveraging the city’s “Home Rule” authority. This order imposes strict regulations on the unscheduled arrival of these buses from the country’s southern border, a situation that has challenged nearby suburbs like Elmhurst and Fox River Grove.

The new policy, effective immediately, grants the Lockport Chief of Police the authority to oversee and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of both residents and migrants. This action is particularly pressing due to the expected inclement weather in the Chicagoland area and the increasing demands on local and governmental resources.

A key aspect of the Executive Order is the establishment of specific drop-off times for migrants. Intercity buses are now limited to discharging passengers between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and city holidays. This measure aims to provide a more managed and resource-equipped welcome to the arriving migrants while minimizing disruption to the community.

Bus operators must adhere to these regulations by submitting an application for passenger discharge, subject to approval by Lockport’s police chief. Operators are required to carry an approved application and present it for inspection when requested. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to significant consequences for bus operators, including the towing and impoundment of their buses, fines, and potential criminal penalties. This order will be in effect until January 3, 2024, allowing the City Council to consider additional regulations or ordinances.

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