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Chicago residents are furious that the city is planning on housing migrants in their neighborhood and are demanding politicians relocate the illegal immigrants somewhere else. The angry residents have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the city of Chicago from housing migrants at a shuttered high school in the area.
The city of Chicago has planned to turn the shuttered South Shore High School into a respite center for illegal immigrants. The city plans to house 250 to 500 migrants at the high school. Currently, Chicago is temporarily housing hundreds of migrants in police stations across the city.
The high school is currently being used by the Chicago Police Department as a training center. The residents wanted the former high school to be transformed into a community center.
On May 4, residents of South Shore railed against the relocation of illegal immigrants into their community during a meeting with local politicians.
“What’s important is that we really establish this is humanitarian crisis, and we are here,” Chicago chief engagement officer Nubia William told the indignant crowd, according to WTTW.
An outraged resident fired back, "How could you do that without consulting us?"
An attendee said, "I am concerned with safety in the area."
Another local citizen asked, "Where is the money coming from? Migrants don’t pay taxes. I understand helping people, but you have to start with your own home. Why don’t we have those resources with what’s happening here."
Another added, "All of a sudden we have deep pockets for people who don't pay taxes. I understand helping people, but you start with your own home."
Someone yelled during the fiery meeting, "Put them on the North Side."
"We are not inhumane to people's plight. But we are looking at the reality of the world we live in and we think it's irresponsible to take a people whose community is already in disarray and place additional people without resources," explained Brian Mullins of the Black American Voter Project.
A resident in the Democrat-dominated area demanded, "Build the wall. Make a border."
One person in the crowd was holding a sign that read: "Build the wall 2024."
President Joe Biden overwhelmingly won Cook County by capturing 74% of the vote against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
The frustrated residents of the deep-blue Chicago neighborhood have filed a lawsuit to prevent the city from housing illegal immigrants at the high school. A temporary injunction was issued.
\u201cChicago residents are told that 250 illegals are coming to their neighborhood\n\nThis is how they reacted:\u201d— End Wokeness (@End Wokeness) 1683781760
"We’ve got to stand up to the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant terror and make sure every Chicagoan is safe, regardless of citizenship status," the Democratic mayor of Chicago proclaimed.
However, Lightfoot issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday in response to illegal immigrants being transported to her city. The declaration was made on the same day that 48 migrants were sent to Chicago by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Lightfoot claimed that the city's resources are "now stretched to the breaking point."
"We should all understand that this crisis will likely deepen before we see it get better, so as we move forward, the City of Chicago will have to bring additional locations online to prepare for the arrival of more individuals and families and to relieve Chicago Police Department districts," Lightfoot's office said in a press release. "The City of Chicago is in the midst of a national humanitarian crisis, and through a unified effort in accordance with its values as a welcoming city, Chicago is doing everything it can to respond to the urgency of this matter. The City has continued to call on federal and state governments to support the new arrival mission with much-needed additional funding and resources for emergency shelter and resettlement, as there are not enough resources currently to meet the need."
Lightfoot previously labeled Abbott a "racist" for transporting migrants to Chicago.
Lightfoot will be in office until May 15, when progressive Democrat Brandon Johnson replaces her as mayor of Chicago.
Johnson has already vowed to double down on Chicago embracing illegal immigrants.
Johnson’s campaign website bragged that his administration would "ensure law enforcement does not [cooperate] with ICE to arrest, detain or deport our migrant neighbors."
"Chicago is a sanctuary city. As such, we must always resist attempts to pit communities against each other and extend this sanctuary promise to everyone who needs it in our city – both long-time residents and newcomers alike," Johnson's site stated.
Johnson made several far-left campaign promises regarding immigration:
- Increase dedicated funding to immigrant protection and integration, including the Immigrant Legal Protection Fund.
- Leverage the collective brain trust of community groups, leaders, multiple city agencies to develop a comprehensive city plan for asylum seekers and other new arrivals.
- Build permanent housing for all unhoused, including asylum seekers, by passing the Bring Chicago Home ordinance and enacting other pieces of the $1 billion Better Chicago Agenda.
- Ensure that migrant and refugee parents and families have a voice in their children’s education by appointing members to a Chicago Board of Education Non-Citizen Advisory Board.
- Work with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield to pass legislation that will allow all parents and taxpayers to vote in school board elections, regardless of citizenship status.
- Recruit and train enough teachers and clinicians to provide the capacity to support migrant and immigrant children, including bilingual professionals.
- Enact a new city funding formula that accounts for language needs and the needs of migrant and refugee students.
Abbott said on Wednesday that Texas had transported more than 17,000 migrants to sanctuary cities, including 1,600 to Chicago.
Lightfoot claimed this week that Chicago received over 8,000 illegal immigrants since August 2022. She added that the migrants are currently being housed in seven shelters and three respite locations in Chicago.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.