A group of protesters in Chicago called for action and heavily criticized President Obama for ignoring the high rates of violent crime in the city while spending billions of dollars to deal with an influx of illegal child immigrants into the U.S.
“Do something for our children,” said one of the protesters, in a video posted at the blog Rebel Pundit. “Have the same love for these young people like you got for the ones across the border, and you want to save them.”
“With the president setting aside all of these funds for immigrants, and forsaking the African American community and African American families, I think that’s a disgrace,” said another man attending the rally, which was held in front of the Chicago Police Department.
As Rebel Pundit notes, at least 120 people have been shot and another 26 have been killed in Chicago so far in July.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, the White House announced plans to ask Congress for $3.7 billion to help house and process immigration cases for tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who have recently been apprehended at the southern U.S. border in Texas.
“Mr. President…you’re spending billions of dollars in Texas, but we’ve got a problem here in Chicago,” said one female protester.
Some lawmakers have also called the spending proposal excessive. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn proposed another option, to immediately fly unaccompanied children back to their home countries. The cost would be pennies on the dollar to what Obama has proposed.
The protesters in Chicago, among which were members of a youth group called the Manchild Movement, also called for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
“I’d like to tell the young peoples [sic] out here, especially young African-Americans, I’d like to tell the world, Mr. President, congress, senate, aldermen, governor, the mayor – losing a child is something else,” said Pierre Curry, who has lost two children to violence in the city.
The frustration expressed at the protest was matched earlier in the week by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.
“If we can find $4 billion for those children — and we should — we can find $2 billion for Chicago,” said Jackson earlier this week.
“There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot,” he said.