Chicago Mayor Blames Immigrant Crisis on ‘Right-Wing Extremism’

Speaking during a press conference, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson (D) blamed “right-wing extremism” for the city’s immigration crisis.

“What we have seen is a raggedy form instituted by right-wing extremism. Everyone knows that the right-wing extremism in this country has targetted Democratically-ran cities and quite frankly, they’ve been very intentional about going after Democratically-ran cities that are led by people of color,” he said.

He stated that “right-wing extremists'” motivation is to “create disruption and chaos because that’s what this particular party has been about. This is the same political party that did not want to accept that President Obama was actually an American. It’s the same Republican right-wing extremism that stormed the Capitol. It’s the same right-wing extremism that refuses to accept the results of the Civil War. It’s raggedy. It’s disrespectful it’s mean-spirited. It’s an unclean spirit, quite frankly.”

He noted that the city’s immigration crisis is an “inherited” problem from his predecessor, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

“Look, the international crisis that I inherited six months ago, I’ve made it very clear that we are going to make sure that we remove people out of police districts: women, children who are living on floors and sleeping outside, that we’re going to create spaces that provide more dignity,” Johnson declared.

The mayor also announced a partnership with the city’s “faith leaders” to aid in the migrant crisis.

“Today, we announced the Unity Initiative: a collaboration between Chicago faith leaders and our philanthropic community to help put asylum-seeking individuals and families on a path to resettlement and self-sufficiency,” Johnson shared on November 28.

“The Initiative prioritizes moving every new arrival sleeping on the floors of police stations, airports, and outdoors into temporary housing as quickly as possible through collaboration with churches, providing access to case management and help in finding permanent housing,” he said, adding, “This is a continuation of the work that clergy has led throughout this humanitarian endeavor, and has led for decades in supporting unhoused residents across our city. Our faith leaders have always opened their doors, and their hearts, to everyone.”