Angry Chicago residents gathered at a community meeting to blast the city for reportedly planning to house illegal aliens in a local park’s field house, which would kick out a youth football team.
Alderman Chris Taliaferro revealed on Monday that he had been informed that Chicago planned to house roughly 200 illegal aliens in the Amundsen Park’s field house in northwest Chicago — noting that the illegals are scheduled to arrive on October 7.
According to Taliaferro, the arrival of the illegal aliens will force local football and baseball games to be moved to other areas.
The alderman spoke out against the decision, writing in his statement that he had told city officials he “strongly opposed the proposal and that this would adversely impact the neighborhood and park programming.” He also argued that the plan “disregards democracy” and “public safety” because local residents have no say in the issue.
Meanwhile, Windy City Dolphins Youth Football League coach Brion Page told a local news outlet that he objected to the plan.
“We’re not just a program, we’re a family. The city is doing something that could be entirely avoided,” Page said. “You’re just saying, ‘The hell with our kids.’ I do believe they need help, but you’re putting a problem into an area that already has problems.”
On Thursday, the football league posted on its Instagram page that they would be holding a “protest to save Amundsen Park.”
More than 400 local residents showed up to a community meeting on Tuesday to protest the illegal alien housing plan — including players from the local youth football team.
One resident, Tasha Dudley, spoke out at the meeting about how none of the leadership in Chicago is “fighting for us” — as they are more focused on helping illegal aliens.
“We do have empathy for migrants, but we have to take care of our community,” Dudley said. “My nephews come to this park, and it’s just been taken away and there’s no plan. It’s like nobody is fighting for us.”
These “Chicago” KIDS from the Amundsen Park youth football program in the Austin neighborhood will be kicked out of their neighborhood field house so it can become a migrant shelter on Monday. Over 600 residents met last night here to oppose this. @bennyjohnson @IllinoisReview pic.twitter.com/w4y3pQRPK3
— Mark Weyermuller (@publicpolicyman) October 4, 2023
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy also spoke out against the displacement of youth teams in favor of illegal aliens.
“It’s infuriating to see kids and families in Chicago shoved aside to welcome illegals who bum-rush our border. I visited the South Side of Chicago, abandoned by their leaders as illegal migrants now flood their city. Spending $7k per migrant *per month.* Staggering. America First is simple: prioritize our citizens, not the illegals who got here 12 hours ago,” Ramaswamy wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
It’s infuriating to see kids and families in Chicago shoved aside to welcome illegals who bum-rush our border. I visited the South Side of Chicago, abandoned by their leaders as illegal migrants now flood their city. Spending $7k per migrant *per month.* Staggering. America First… https://t.co/KctFuNaEeO
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) October 6, 2023
Chicago has already spent at least $250 million of taxpayers’ money to house illegal aliens as the border crisis has led to more than 17,000 illegals arriving in the city since August 2022, according to a spokesperson for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. The far-left government of the city has been housing hundreds of illegal aliens at police stations and O’Hare International Airport, while a private security firm has been contracted to build massive winterized camps for the illegals. The firm obtained a $29.4 million contract with Chicago to build, staff, and operate these tent camps — which will be able to house between 250 and 1,400 illegal aliens.