Chicago-area residents expressed their anger over the city’s proposal to house thousands of migrants in their community, a plan that they weren’t allowed to have any input on despite the facility’s close proximity to their homes.
Tensions were running high over the Windy City political leadership’s selection of the Brighton Park neighborhood as the site for a camp that would provide shelter for up to 2,000 of the illegal aliens in time for the rapidly approaching winter season, a time of bitter cold in the Midwestern metropolis located on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The angry residents who would be impacted by the influx of unwelcome guests turned out at a community meeting this week where they spoke up in opposition to one of the “winterized base camps” that are a part of the city’s new Democrat Mayor Brandon Johnson’s costly $30 million scheme to deal with Chicago’s worsening migrant crisis.
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Residents had no idea that one of Johnson’s prized migrant camps would be coming to their neighborhood until they noticed the presence of construction crews at a 10-acre vacant lot which officials confirmed had indeed been selected as a location.
“The City of Chicago has been identifying viable sites across the city to construct base camps as an alternative to new arrivals sleeping outdoors, at O’Hare and on the floors of police district stations as winter fast approaches,” Johnson’s office said in a statement. “The site at 38th and California appears viable, and the intention is to construct temporary shelter at this site.”
“Nobody asked us, nobody told us. We have a few thousand people here who signed their signature and said ‘no!’ We said ‘no!’” said one resident at the Tuesday meeting that took place at Kelly College Prep High School which drew an overflowing crowd of concerned residents.
“We have concerns about our students, our children who walk on this street every day, how do we ensure their safety,” said another resident, concerned about the potential danger to kids from the illegal aliens, some of whom could be among the criminals and sexual predators that have been allowed into the country thanks to the Biden regime’s open borders policies.
“I don’t want any of my neighbors to have to live on the streets or in tents,” another resident added.
According to Fox 32 Chicago, “a line stretched down the block, the meeting quickly reached capacity and a crowd outside wasn’t allowed in” with the outlet reporting that it could “hear the pounding on the doors from inside the auditorium, where meeting attendees began chanting, ‘let them in, let them in!'”
The migrant camp will be constructed by GardaWorld Federal Services which recently scored a one-year $29.4 deal with the city to provide “migrant temporary housing” as a part of new Mayor Johnson’s plan to get migrants out of their temporary locations and into the tent camps before the weather takes a turn for the worst.
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“These families are coming to the city of Chicago … If we do not create an infrastructure where we’re able to support, and quite frankly, contain these individuals who have experienced a great deal of harm, individuals who are desperate — if we do not provide support for these individuals and these families, that type of desperation will lead to chaos,” the mayor said in a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times in which he described the tents as “winterized base camps.”
“There is a sacrifice that is going to be required in this moment … The sacrifices that we are prepared to make in order to ensure that this city is not chaotic and it is not riddled with desperate people,” Johnson added. “And I’m confident that we can do both. That we can make sure that we invest in people who have been marginalized in this city under previous administrations while also staying true to our values.”
“[Residents] were calling our office and you know, frankly, that’s how I was first notified,” Chicago Alderman Julia Ramirez told Fox 32. “I had reached out to the city and they verified that was the case and ever since then, I’ve been pushing the administration to be more open, more transparent about the details.”
“The Mayor’s office did not consult with me or my office about their current plans to construct a temporary shelter — meant to house 1,500 people — at 38th & California,” Ramirez said.
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