Protests Grow in Democratic-Led Cities Over Migrants

Protesters in Chicago and New York rallied against plans to house thousands of migrants in their cities. The news also comes as the leadership of the cities and states in question state that the capacity to lodge the immigrants is at capacity.

During a meeting this week, Chicago residents protested a plan to place hundreds of migrants in the Lake Shore Hotel in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

According to the protesters, one resident said that the migrants should be deported, including back to Venezuela.

““They would be on our lawn, on our benches,” said the protester. “I’m walking around the building; what do I walk upon? Three men urinating on the building.”

City Alderman Desmon Yancy (D) told residents that the meeting was “important for community members to know what was going on in their neighborhood even if the mayor’s office wasn’t willing to.”

He referenced the effort by new Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) to house the migrants in a number of facilities across the city, including in the hotel.

Similar protests have grown in New York City. In the last several weeks, residents protested against a plan to house migrants in Staten Island. The protests became heated after an argument with counter-protesters.

Former Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa was arrested several times during the protest.

New York currently estimates that it received about 100,000 migrants since 2022. The city has housed the illegal immigrants in a large number of its hotels and a former airfield. Its leadership has also sent migrants to surrounding counties.

The Big Apple’s public schools will be enrolling about 20,000 migrant children for the new school year. A number of the migrants who entered New York City are not vaccinated against polio, which can cause death or paralysis.

The new students will not be required to show proof of vaccination, despite it being a requirement to attend New York City public school.

The city said that it had the capacity to bring in the new students and had a number of staff members who could assist students who did not speak English.