Given that the pretext for this barrage of illegal immigrants is their supposed flight from violence in their Central American countries, there is a certain irony in the notion of sending them to Chicago,
One would think that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might tread lightly given the widespread dissatisfaction of certain residents of his fiefdom with him. Earlier this month, black residents from Chicago’s Southside held a protest in front of the Chicago Police Department decrying violence in their communities. Over 130 people have been shot in Chicago in street violence this month; around a third of those shootings proved fatal. At least 82 people were shot over the Fourth of July holiday weekend alone.
The protest was catalyzed by President Obama’s handling of the current border crisis, and called for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for their failure to effectively address Chicago’s epidemic of violence.
“Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected,” one resident declared.
Yet this week, Emanuel, a former Obama administration chief of staff, announced a plan to house young illegal immigrants from Central America in Chicago, reportedly proposing to shelter an additional 1,000 of them by year’s end. The Chicago area already has nine such facilities with roughly 500 beds for illegal-immigrant youths already in the United States.