(Patriot.Buzz) – In undeniable proof that they have been running the country in the worst manner possible, Democrats are increasingly fed up with their leaders’ decision to admit countless illegal aliens into their cities.
For instance victim-services advocate Zerlina Smith-Members faces daily hurdles in Chicago to secure resources and shelter for victims of violence. Her role brings her face-to-face with the city’s myriad issues: poor schools, health disparities, food deserts, homelessness, high taxes, gangs and illegal firearms.
As an independent Democrat herself Smith-Members expressed her dissatisfaction with how far-left Democratic leaders have managed the recent surge of migrants into the city.
Confronted with the fact that State Governor J.B. Pritzker has allocated $640 million and city Mayor Brandon Johnson has spent at least $138 million on migrant support, Smith-Members believes these funds could better serve Chicago’s residents in need instead of prioritizing migrants who entered the country illegally.
As a leader in the Chicago-Cook County Coalition for Humane Migration Management, Smith-Members is not alone in her frustration. Neighborhood activists and business owners share her sentiment by highlighting the negative impact of converting local parks and community centers into shelters and the rise in shoplifting and other crimes.
The migrant crisis has revealed deep divides within the Democratic Party in the cities, with progressive policies particularly irking traditional Democratic factions. Black Democrats like Smith-Members are among the most outspoken critics since they fear the political repercussions for their party.
Despite some local leaders blaming Texas Governor Greg Abbott for exacerbating the crisis by busing migrants to northern sanctuary cities, many Chicago residents blame Joe Biden, Governor Pritzker and Mayor Johnson for their lax migration policies. “It’s not Abbott’s fault, because he didn’t ask for it. We asked for it,” added Smith-Members.
Chicago’s sanctuary city status has been in place since the 1980s when state and city leaders historically started welcoming immigrants and asylum-seekers. However, the arrival of tens of thousands of migrants, mainly Venezuelan refugees, has strained city resources and facilities and led to calls for action against these policies.
The situation has prompted discussions about revoking Chicago’s sanctuary city status and reevaluating how to best address the challenges of migration and community resources.