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Chicago Residents Frustrated By Illegal Migrant Handouts

Holland McKinnie
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As Chicago navigates through an unprecedented migrant crisis, the tension between supporting migrants and addressing the needs of residents has intensified. A recent city council meeting became the focal point of these tensions when an unnamed homeless man, representing a frustrated segment of the Windy City’s population, delivered a stirring message to the council members. His speech, a poignant reminder of the challenges many Chicagoans face, underscored a growing concern — the city is focusing on aiding migrants at the expense of its own people.

In just over the last year, Chicago has spent nearly $300 million responding to the ongoing migrant crisis. The city has supported at least 11,000 migrants spread across 23 shelters.  

The unidentified man described himself as a 43 year resident of the city who is now homeless.  “This is my home. We’ve been pushed to the wayside, it seems,” he told the council.  


He added: “I watch individuals who came, who have come from thousands of miles away get preferential treatment. These are our realities that citizens here in this Chicago are suffering. Well, basically the country. So I wanna say the country. That’s what we suffer right now. This is the reality of us. I’m the reality. A city without walls has no defense. And we got no walls. We got no walls in our next, no more. So understand it, the city without walls has no defense.”

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s initiative to launch a public website tracking state spending on the migrant crisis is a step toward transparency. Yet, the debate continues on the balance between humanitarian aid and the welfare of the city’s residents.

Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) is struggling to present the left a satisfactory response to the flood of illegal migrants while attempting to appear he is concerned about the critical needs of his constituents.  

The discussion about the ongoing migration crisis doesn’t have to devolve into choosing between helping illegals and supporting local communities. Enforcement of existing immigration laws and ending welfare benefits for persons who should not be in the country in the first place would go a long way.  The Democrat Party’s traditional base appears to be moving in the America First direction — in demand of serious policies that would see that American citizens are not fleeced for the benefit of politicians and far-left activists.