The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Immigrant Tent Cities in Chicago

Nov 13, 2023

Chicago, an immigrant’s “sanctuary city,” is facing a serious problem with its neighborhoods, where the immigrants are being housed in front of police stations and inside airports and some empty buildings. The problem continues to increase. Lately Chicago has been getting two dozen buses a day, with at least 60 immigrants on each bus.

According to city politicians, they cannot use the city-run shelters. The city-run shelters had 6000 people last year. But in the last two months that number doubled.

Now city officials are proposing to use an empty lot to build tent camps in the Brighton Park neighborhood to house 2000 migrants. Local residents protested, saying that the neighborhood already has a lot of homeless people, high crime rates, and a shortage of other services. After these complaints, the city politicians have been meeting at Thomas Kelly High School with the mainly Latino and Asian community, where people angrily expressed their disapproval of the city’s intention.

This problem goes on city-wide, in any neighborhood where the city has tried to place the immigrants.

Chicago is an industrial, rich city where different groups of immigrants live and work. But the city politicians and their rich friends have for a long time ignored the homeless situation, the crime problem, and the very high cost of living, encouraging people to fight for a few social crumbs.