The situation in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood is a perfect example of the disastrous consequences of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our southern border. Turning the Broadway Armory into a shelter for illegal immigrants has robbed the local community of essential services and programming, leaving residents feeling abandoned and frustrated.
The influx of over 34,000 immigrants, brought in by 608 buses since August 2022, is a direct result of Governor Greg Abbott’s response to the Biden administration’s refusal to address the border crisis. While Abbott’s actions are understandable, the burden it has placed on cities like Chicago is undeniable.
The transformation of the Broadway Armory into an immigrant shelter has had a significant impact on the Edgewater community. Vital resources and programs that local families relied on have been stripped away, leaving them without access to activities like basketball and gymnastics. It’s particularly heartbreaking to see a 73% drop in enrollment for neighborhood programs, a clear indication of the negative impact this shelter is having on the community.
It’s outrageous that the city officials promised to reevaluate the situation after six months but have shown no signs of doing so. Instead, they are beginning to evict immigrants from these shelters, despite the freezing February weather, highlighting the lack of planning and foresight in handling this crisis.
This situation in Edgewater is a microcosm of a larger problem facing our nation. The Biden administration’s lax border policies are causing chaos and burdening local communities. The federal government needs to step up and take responsibility for its actions by securing our borders and developing a coherent immigration policy that doesn’t unfairly impact American citizens and legal residents.
Residents like Pat Sharkey and Hussain Mohammed say their neighborhood has been transformed into a social hub for illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking, law-abiding citizens. This is not just unfair; it’s a complete failure of governance. The Biden administration needs to wake up to the reality of its policies and take immediate action to remedy this situation. Our communities deserve better.