CHICAGO (WLS) — ABC7’s anchors Judy Hsu and Ravi Baichwal host “OUR CHICAGO: BORDERS CROSSED,” an in-depth look at immigration in Chicago. ABC7 Eyewitness News reporters Leah Hope, Maher Kawash, Mark Rivera, Sarah Schulte and Craig Wall will contribute stories. Hsu and Baichwal will also sit down with community leaders for a roundtable discussion of the issues, concerns and solutions relating to the latest wave of migrants calling Chicago home. The half-hour special airs Thursday, Aug. 31, at 10:35 p.m. on ABC7 Chicago on abc7chicago.com and ABC7’s Connected TV apps.
Since August 2022, 13,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago. “OUR CHICAGO: BORDERS CROSSED” will delve into the personal stories of the migrants’ long and difficult journey to Chicago, desire to work and support their families, and the struggle to start a better life in their new home. The special will also examine the cost to taxpayers, the concerns of some under-resourced communities that feel their resources are threatened, and the political divide on how to best handle the large influx of migrants into our cities.
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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space toChicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC7 Eyewitness News produces “Chicago Proud,” a series of features that spotlights everyday heroes in and around Chicago.The station also produces the highest-rated New Year’s Eve special in Chicago, holiday kickoff special “The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,” syndicated to a national audience, as well as the award-winning program series “Our Chicago,” which showcases the city’s diversity and highlights contributions in the Black, Hispanic, Asian, LGBTQ+ communities, among others.Every Friday, Windy City Weekend, entertains while giving Chicagoans everything they need to know about what’s happening in the city. ABC7 is the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago’s rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago’s electorate informed.ABC7’s outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives, one of the biggest one-day drives in the country and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.