A massive crowd of concerned Chicago citizens — the majority of them, reportedly of Asian and Hispanic descent — were prevented from attending a community meeting about a proposed neighborhood “basecamp” for migrants, despite empty seats in the Kelly High School auditorium.
“While it has been noted that there were unoccupied seats within the auditorium, and CTU [Chicago Teachers Union] members were inside, more than 5,000 individuals found themselves unable to access tonight’s gathering at Kelly High School concerning the migrant camps in Brighton Park, where construction is presently underway,” reported the Neighborhood Journal: Bridgeport-Chinatown-McKinley Park, live from the scene.
“Although the majority of these attendees outside were of Hispanic and Asian descent and were not afforded the opportunity to express their views from within the venue,” the outlet continued, “the sheer magnitude of the assembled crowd made a resounding statement that could not be ignored.”
On X, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and 12th Ward Alderwoman Julia Martinez have been accused of using “police brutality” to keep the angry residents out.
“Migrant camp protesters lied to, confronted and pushed back by the police tonight …” SubX.News reported. “Brandon Johnson and 12th Ward Alderwoman Julia Martinez are using police brutality and police tactics against their own constituents to harm them and cause trauma to their neighborhood here are the videos … they told protesters they should go to a meeting then they kept them out of the meeting and then when they went back to the protest site at 38th and California the cops started removing them and touching them.”
“The only people [who] are causing violence in our city is the mayor and Alderwoman,” the outlet added.
Migrant camp protesters lied to, confronted and pushed back by the police tonight … Brandon Johnson and 12th Ward Alderwoman Julia Martinez are using police brutality and police tactics against their own constituents to harm them and cause trauma to their neighborhood here are… pic.twitter.com/r46ni4IPye
— SubX.News (@SubxNews) October 25, 2023
The proposed migrant camp would house as many as 1,500 people on a private lot, NBC News Chicago reports.
Chicago police would secure the space, according to city officials, and an “infrastructure and environmental assessment for the site is currently underway.” A final decision on the project is expected to follow.
“The camp is initially expected to hold 500 people, made up of families with children, but this will gradually be increased to 2,000,” DailyMail.com explains. “The site will be heated, with dining halls, restrooms and shower facilities.”
But residents of Brighton Park are understandably concerned about an uptick in violent crimes.
“We all need to have security here, and there is none,” Julie Gamez, who has lived in the community for 16 years, reportedly said. “I’m out at 4 in the morning, and I don’t see a single patrol car. There have been robberies, there’s been beatings, shootings.”
“I’m an immigrant, and I know that we need to help them, but there has to be another place for them to go,” she argued, according to DailyMail.com. “Let’s fix our problems first.”
Chicago reporter William J. Kelly called the treatment of the residents “downright deplorable.”
“What City of Chicago officials did last night at the ‘community meeting’ to hear from residents about @ChicagosMayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to put his winterized base camp for migrants in Brighton Park was downright deplorable,” he wrote on X. “Thousands of residents turned out and were locked out of an auditorium space where seats were available.”
“The residents, lined up for blocks, chanted ‘open the door,’ and ‘Ramirez is a coward,'” he continued. “And while residents were prevented from entry, observers say CTU organizers and Chicago Democrat Socialists packed the event to ‘astroturf’ for Mayor Johnson’s plan against area resident wishes.”
According to NBC Chicago, Ramirez was “swarmed by angry protesters last week in an altercation that sent one of her aides to the hospital, aimed to quell some of the concerns residents hold.”
“Ramirez specifically differentiated the proposed site from one at Amundsen Park in Austin, a city-owned park that has been the site of a proposed migrant shelter,” the outlet added.
Kelly has doubts.
“For the record, I don’t believe @Ramirezfor12 when she says she didn’t know that the 38th and California lot was already being developed for the migrant tent city,” he wrote on X. “Just like I don’t believe her claim that she and a staffer were assaulted. Mayor Johnson’s deception over this migrant base camp plan and the way this meeting was conducted is proof to me that their statements can’t be trusted.”
What City of Chicago officials did last night at the “community meeting” to hear from residents about @ChicagosMayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to put his winterized base camp for migrants in Brighton Park was downright deplorable. Thousands of residents turned out and were locked… pic.twitter.com/eRPckLHb09
— Reporter William J. Kelly #thatreporter (@Williamjkelly) October 25, 2023
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