Chicago alderman cites ‘narcotics, prostitution, theft’ and more in call to shut down migrant center

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) seemingly deserves all the criticism he receives for being all hat and no cattle when it comes to illegal immigration — Abbott talks a good game but doesn’t come close to ebbing the flow of millions of foreign invaders storming our border — but his decision to start bussing these “migrants” to blue sanctuary cities has proven to be sheer brilliance in that it forces the open border crisis out in the open.

On that note, New York City Mayor Eric Adams warns that the Big Apple has reached a critical stage in reportedly absorbing more than 110,000 illegal immigrants and the city of Chicago is having its share of problems, resulting in Ald. Brian Hopkins calling on the city to shutter a major migrant shelter that has been operating just steps from the Magnificent Mile, according to CWB Chicago.

The migrant shelter has been operating at the Inn of Chicago and housed 1,530 migrants as of September 22, the outlet reported, citing an online dashboard maintained by another alderman.

“As you are undoubtedly aware, our city is facing a substantial challenge as busloads of migrants continue to arrive from our country’s southern border. In our neighborhood specifically, the challenges are on full display near the shelter established by former Mayor Lightfoot’s Administration (with no aldermanic input) at the former Inn of Chicago,” Hopkins wrote.

“I have heard from hundreds of residents regarding significant quality of life concerns stemming from activity at that location, and I have witnessed many of them myself,” he continued. “These issues include, but are not limited to, narcotics sales, prostitution, consumption of alcohol on the public way, theft from local businesses, unlicensed street vendors, aggressive panhandling, and loitering on the public way to the point of blocking passage of pedestrians.”

Complaints like this, by the way, will get a Republican official quickly tagged as a racist who hates brown people.

Hopkins insisted that the site “is not suitable for its current use as a migrant shelter,” explaining that the location is “inappropriate” because of its proximity to the Central Business District.

He also called for “considerable assistance from the federal government” to deal with “the large number of people present who are not allowed to work and have nowhere else to go.”

“I am calling for the permanent closure of the Inn of Chicago migrant shelter upon the expiration of its current contract, which is December 31, 2023,” Hopkins concluded. “While I do not have executive authority on this matter, and the facility [is] just outside my ward, I am hopeful that those with the decision-making power will heed the calls of myself and local residents and not renew the contract.”

The request is unlikely considering Chicago is scrambling to find more housing options with winter fast approaching, and just opened another temporary shelter as five more buses arrived Monday, according to CBS Chicago.


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