July 29, 2014. Chicago. (ONN) In what seems like a desperate election year stunt, a very unpopular Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week that he wanted the Dept of Homeland Security to send at least 1,000 more illegal immigrant children to Chicago where they will be housed, clothed, fed, schooled and legally represented for free. The city is already caring for over 500 of the kids in secret facilities. Immediately, the common reaction among Chicago’s residents was disbelief and outrage.
Chicago’s own homeless would create a medium-sized US city all on their own. Image courtesy of ChicagoHomeless.org.
To get a sense of Chicago’s reaction to Rahm Emanuel’s announcement, we perused the city’s local media outlets for reader comments and viewer feedback. We were surprised to discover that the prevailing sentiment across Chicagoland is that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is either an idiot or this is a cruel joke. Take these examples right from the top of the Comments list on Chicago super-station WGNTV.com:
There you have it. You can’t get any more ‘Chicago’ than WGN. And their viewers and readers were overwhelmingly against housing hundreds or thousands of illegal immigrants at the taxpayers’ expense. Out of 14 total viewer comments on the WGN website, 11 opposed Mayor Emanuel’s plan to house over 1,500 illegal children, 2 supported him, and 1 didn’t take sides.
Obama tells Emanuel not to worry about the cost
As illustrated by the above comments from WGN viewers, when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel went public last week agreeing to the White House’s request to house an additional 1,000 illegal immigrant children in Chicago, residents of the Windy City were outraged. They know first-hand that the city ignores its own homeless children, leaving them to a handful of small, private shelters and a lottery system where only a small percentage of homeless kids get a bed each night. The rest must survive on the streets, in the parks, under viaducts and on subway platforms.
“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” the Chicago Tribune quoted Mayor Emanuel’s statement, “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions. We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”
When the Tribune asked who was paying for the housing and care of the children and how much it was costing, the Emanuel administration said they didn’t know what the cost would be, but that the federal government was picking up the tab through the Department of Health and Human Services. The paper also discovered that Chicago is already housing as many as 500 illegal immigrant children at 9 existing facilities.
Illegals first, Americans second
City Hall officials disclosed to the publication that their efforts to house more of the Central American children stemmed from a White House request to Mayor Emanuel earlier this month to find facilities in Chicago for at least 1,000 more. The Mayor’s policy chief Michael Negron described a scene in which city officials excitedly welcomed the request and have since dedicated every resource available to it.
“As we've learned more about this, I think in our view it makes more sense to have multiple facilities so that you have smaller groups of children who receive more attention,” he told the Tribune, “We think that it'd be better to find locations that are already residential or have been residential in the past and wouldn't need a tremendous amount of work in order to get them ready, and also not be as conspicuous.”
Another report detailed how the Emanuel administration has put out a call to Chicago’s entire legal community seeking volunteer attorneys to represent the illegal immigrant children when they eventually stand before an immigration hearing to determine if they can stay indefinitely. That’s a slap in the face to Chicago’s own poor homeless children who must wait more than 15 years to get a volunteer attorney, if ever.
Your author can personally vouch for the 15-year waiting period and can also describe in excruciating detail what homeless Chicago children must go through to request help, only to be rejected for no legitimate reason. The problem is that of the 20 legal aid charities in Cook County, based on the decade-old hand-out the Dept of Human Services still gives out, 10 are out of business, 5 stopped helping people because they were too overwhelmed, and 5 only help women and minorities, which many Chicago children are not. And if you’re a homeless white male, even with two small children like in your author’s case, there is no help for you or your homeless American kids. ‘Go to the homeless shelter and play the lottery like everybody else,’ they tell us, ‘we have no resources for you.’
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