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In case you thought this didn't impact the suburbs.

Did you know the number of illegals entering the US is increasing every month? One would think the first thing we'd do is to stop the flow else the problems we're facing are going to grow exponentially. Sorry, that's too obvious.

Mexico vs Venezuela. Chicago is about to spend (according to Mayor Johnson) $300 million to provide temporary housing for 13,000 illegals. Of course, over 3.5 million illegals have been caught crossing the border under Biden's watch. Those are the ones who we caught and arrested (& allowed to stay awaiting trial). There are plenty more than made it through under the radar. Do the math. @ $24,000 per person times 3.5 million...ouch.

We have supported a growing economy in Mexico which has expanded to be our largest trading partner. We now have zero net immigration with Mexico. On the other hand, we allowed Venezuela during the 1990s to fall from being a self-sufficient thriving economy to a complete shithole. Why? Because we allowed Chaves to take over who ushered in the Maduro administration.

During the Eisenhower years, the US would quietly remove South American administrations that were contrary to American interests. Do I support that? Normally no, but these aren't normal times. Maduro needs to go for the good of our border and the poor bastards who live under his iron fist and pitiful economic policies. We should help show him the door. Where's the CIA when we need it...haha.

Oak Park takes emergency steps to help with migrant crisis

The village has approved emergency spending and recently provided emergency shelter for more than 100 migrants staying at a Chicago police station.

By Michael Loria Nov 3, 2023

Amid Chicago’s calls for more help with the migrant crisis and at least one township rejecting millions of dollars to lend support, the Village of Oak Park has taken emergency action to assist hundreds of unhoused migrants on its doorstep.

The Village Board this week approved special spending for the crisis, passed an emergency declaration and provided emergency shelter for more than 100 migrants staying at Chicago’s Austin District police station, half a mile from the village boundary.

Those moves by the suburb come as the city is stretched thin by more than 20,000 migrants who’ve arrived since August 2022, hundreds of whom have ended up at the Austin District station.

Many suburban residents have volunteered at the Austin District station and other stations around the city.

Those volunteers have urged Oak Park to do more, and as the first snow fell Tuesday, they took emergency action with the village to shelter 125 migrants camping outside the station.

“The cold was horrible; we were dying of cold,” said Francis Ramirez Gonzalez, one of the Venezuelan migrants moved to an emergency shelter at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park.

The 33-year-old, her husband and their twin 7-year-olds had been staying in a tent outside the station since August.

They come from the coastal city of Puerto Cabello, where Ramirez Gonzalez’s husband worked on the docks. She was a nurse at a hospital in the nearby city of Valencia.

They left as the country spiraled into crisis, but on Tuesday her concerns were more immediate.

“More than anything, I was scared for them,” she said, nodding at her boys Allan and Aaron, who had a fever that night.

“We were praying to God to protect us, and thank God someone with a great heart arrived who could help.”

Dr. Theresa Chapple, Oak Park’s director of public health, said Thursday that the shelter would close Saturday afternoon.

A village official said “conversations” about “next steps” continued Friday, although Good Shepherd’s pastor, the Rev. Kathy Nolte, previously suggested to the Chicago Sun-Times that as many as 20 migrants might remain.

The move to shelter the migrants came just as the village had approved $150,000 to create an emergency task force to find ways to address the crisis as more migrant families move to the suburb, enroll in schools and use local emergency services.

Trustee Brian Straw, who introduced the task force motion along with fellow trustee Chibuike Enyia, said Monday the impact on the village had been minimal, but with winter ahead, the need will intensify.

“All this is going to result in significant health care costs. We’re going to start seeing an impact in our health care system, downstream impacts,” Straw said, adding, “These are human beings who deserve the dignity of not sleeping on the street.”

On Thursday, Oak Park also approved an emergency declaration to allow the village to approve new contracts quickly, bypassing its regular bidding procedures. That declaration is in effect until Dec. 4.

Oak Park Village trustees Chibuike Enyia and Brian Straw. The two introduced the motion Oct. 30 for the village to establish an emergency task-force for asylum-seekers.

Oak Park Village trustees Chibuike Enyia and Brian Straw. The two introduced the motion Monday for the village to establish an emergency task-force for asylum-seekers.Oak Park Village website

The village’s new spending matches the amount the state awarded it through a program to support municipalities taking on migrants.

Chicago was awarded $30 million of that $42.5 million program, which is for shelter and housing support, food, wraparound services, legal support and health care.

Joliet Township was awarded the second highest amount, $8.6 million, but declined to accept the money.

A state spokesperson said “a decision has not yet been made with regards to use for the funding that had been awarded to Joliet Township.” Grant amounts are expected to be finalized “mid-November,” the spokesperson said.

Other recipients include Lake County, awarded over $1 million, and downstate Urbana, awarded $250,000.

A Lake County spokesperson said the three local organizations through which the funds will be administered had served 2,000 asylum-seekers in the last year. A spokesperson for Urbana said organizations there had served 300 migrants.

Lake County and Urbana officials have said they don’t plan to pursue any of the funds rejected by Joliet, but many in Oak Park — which applied for $7.5 million — hope the village can get more.

Betty Alzamora, a longtime immigrant advocate, is among those pushing for Oak Park and other suburbs to do more.

Alzamora became involved at the police station after driving by it and being reminded of her days volunteering at the Texas border, where migrants in Mexico would pitch camp for months at a time as they waited to enter the U.S.

“These are horrific conditions, and the fact that we’ve re-created these less than a mile from our home, it’s heartbreaking,” Alzamora said.

She happens to be Venezuelan, but said that isn’t the only thing driving her.

“These are people from my homeland, but also it’s just the right thing to do,” she said. “When you think of the little kids, the babies, we have to do something.”

Michael Loria is a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times via Report for America, a not-for-profit journalism program that aims to bolster the paper’s coverage of communities on the South Side and West Side.

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