Black residents of Chicago’s South side blasted Obama for ignoring issues of violence and poverty in their community, while pushing for funding for illegal immigrants at their expense.
After 60 residents were shot over the July 4th weekend, peace protests were held in front of the Chicago Police Department headquarters building. Demonstrators criticized Obama’s decision to be silent on Chicago’s plight while lobbying for federal funds to help the roughly 50,000 illegal immigrants who have crossed into America since 2013.
“Mr. President, we’re asking for you,” one protester said. “You’re spending billions of dollars in Texas, but we’ve a problem here in Chicago. We will not stand by this here, and keep letting this senseless killing and shooting happen in our community.”
“Today, if you look at the time that we were brought here as slaves 400 years ago, we got the same results today,” another resident told videographer Rebel Pundit.
One Chicago resident said Obama should leave office if he’s just going to continue to ignore Chicago’s problems.
“For the president to set aside all of these funds for immigrants and [have] forsaken the African-American community, I think that’s a disgrace. He will go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African-American president.”
Last April, Peter Kirsanow, an official with the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and two other Commission members wrote a letter to Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, (D-Ohio). In that letter, the commission warned that “before the federal government decides to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, due deliberation should be given to what effect such grant will have on the employment and earnings prospects of low-skill Americans generally and black Americans specifically.”
“The competition in the industry sectors where there’s a large or traditionally large number of black employees is most fierce in the industry sectors like agriculture, service, hospitality. And it has resulted in a decline in employment levels, that is not small,” Kirsanow said.
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