Chicago’s “sanctuary” policies continue to present a major problem for the city’s residents. Despite ongoing protests from locals, construction crews have started work on a temporary tent camp for illegal immigrants, which was approved by a City Council committee. The 6.5-acre site, purchased for just $1, conflicts with plans to develop the property into retail, housing, and park space.
Keep voting them in!
You're a sanctuary city.
— Beri (@sniffydogs) November 23, 2023
As WFLD-TV reporter Kasey Chronis reported live from the scene, construction workers quickly covered the chain-link fence surrounding the site with a black screen upon her arrival. They also strategically positioned city vehicles in front of the camera to obstruct the view. However, the news station was able to capture footage of dirt mounds, construction equipment, and work crews in action.
Despite the clear opposition from residents, city officials appear determined to proceed with the encampment. They have chosen to ignore the wishes of taxpayers like Annette Cain, who expressed feeling “horrible” about the project. Jequetta Vaughn also questioned the priorities of city officials, asking, “What about us?”
The strained relationship between residents and authorities is a direct result of Chicago’s “sanctuary” policies clashing with the reality of thousands of illegal migrants flooding into the city. Since August, over 19,800 “asylum seekers” have arrived in Chicago, forcing some to live in police stations and at the airport due to overcrowded city-run shelters.
The city’s leaders must now decide where their loyalties lie – with the long-suffering residents, or with illegal migrants and their flawed sanctuary policies. It’s clear that something has to give eventually.