Chicago Community in Need Braces for Possible Tent Base Camp for 1,400 Illegals
In the Roseland community on Chicago’s South Side, residents are concerned about plans to house as many as 1,400 illegals in a tent “base camp” in an empty grocery store parking lot.
Local Pastor Leonardo Gilbert brought residents together, in collaboration with Alderman Ronnie Mosley (21st), to air their concerns at a packed community meeting which, at times, became heated.
Residents expressed concerns about utilizing a site that has already had $15 million in state funds allocated to build a housing and retail development for Chicagoans.
Once again, illegals are being placed ahead of citizens.
“There’s a backlog of housing right now and people in this community needs housing,” said Abraham Lacy, president of the Far South Community Development Corporation.
Residents said they shouldn’t have to wait for resources like housing and parking space.
“I want to be clear it is not that we do not empathize with their situation has historically marginalized and oppressed people, but we are saying as a community that we will not continue to wait,” said another meeting attendee.