Democratic City Alderman Says Open Border Caused Crime Surge

by | Jan 4, 2024

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Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins said Thursday that the city can not handle any more illegal immigrants.

“We’re seeing crime go up, property values go down” and “We’re seeing communities destabilized,” Hopkins told CNN. “I’m a Democrat, but I’ll say the Biden administration has dropped the ball,” and “every day that goes by while we let the border remain open and while we let cities try to address this humanitarian crisis, it gets worse by the day.”

“We’re seeing communities destabilized. We’re seeing an influx of new residents who simply don’t have a place to reside. The impact of the local shelters is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for local residents. We’re seeing crime go up, property values go down. It’s creating a political crisis, as well as stress between communities. … We desperately need decompression in Chicago. We’ve got 30,000 migrants. We simply can’t handle anymore. We’re not equipped for it,” he continued.

Echoing Bill Clinton … Again?

Hopkins said a decompression strategy could work to mitigate the surge, but would involve handing over work permits and other permanent structures for illegal immigrants.

“I’m a Democrat, but I’ll say the Biden administration has dropped the ball, I’m not going to let them off the hook. They have left us in the ditch with this, and that’s unacceptable. What I’m hearing now is encouraging, we needed to hear this a year ago when this crisis first started in Chicago, we had a trickle that led to a torrent, and now we’re spending 300 million of our funds, that’s about 5% of our federal municipal budget to address a problem that didn’t even exist a year a half ago, where’s the federal government been? Where has the Biden administration been? It’s not too late to do the right thing, but every day that goes by while we let the border remain open and while we let cities try to address this humanitarian crisis, it gets worse by the day. And I’ve lost patience, as you can probably tell,” Hopkins concluded.

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