Crime: A core constituency asks: If the president is concerned about unaccompanied children from Guatemala fleeing deplorable conditions and violence, what about fatherless children here burdened by gang violence with nowhere to flee?
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., told Fox last Friday that he was unaware of the exact locations of the facilities where the children were sent, and said he believes the White House did not want the children's living conditions to be made public.
The irony of these children being sent to Chicago, arguably the most violent city in America, where gang violence runs rampant, where fatherless children roam the streets with little hope of finding a job or a future, apparently escapes President Obama as he vacations on Martha's Vineyard.
Unlike the children of Central America, arriving en masse, the children of Chicago, facing conditions every bit as horrible, have no border to cross to seek asylum or refuge.
It hasn't escaped notice of the residents of Obama's hometown who gathered Friday to protest the president's $3.7 billion request to help Central American children escape violence while they see little being done to end the violence in which 120 people have been shot and 26 killed so far this month.
"You're spending billions of dollars in Texas, but we've got a problem right here in Chicago," said a local resident Friday, one of many from Chicago's Southside who assembled in front of the Chicago Police Department to protest the violence plaguing their neighborhoods.
They condemned President Obama for paying more attention to illegal aliens crossing our southern border than to the children of his hometown.
"Do something for our children," said one of the protesters in a video posted at the blog Rebel Pundit. "Have the same love for these young people like you got for the ones across the border, and you want to save them."
Another man addressing the rally said, "With the president setting aside all of these funds for immigrants, and forsaking the African-American community and African-American families, I think that's a disgrace."
Despite the strictest gun regulations in the country, Chicago's murder rate of 15.65 per 100,000 people looks nothing like the nation's 4.2, the Midwest's 4.5 or Illinois' 5.6. Up to 80% of Chicago's murders and shootings are gang related, according to police.
By one estimate, the city has 68,000 gang members, four times the number of cops. And President Obama is concerned with Central American violence?
To many Chicago residents, their streets are equally violent, fearful and devoid of hope. There is no Dream Act for them, only the leftover paternalism of the Great Society that has destroyed the black family and the big city socialism that has killed growth and opportunity.
The net result is a culture of dependency in communities beset by illegitimacy, poverty, crime and joblessness.
May we be so cynical as to suggest that in the political calculations of President Obama and the Democrats the black vote is taken for granted but the Hispanic vote is still in play? Are these undocumented aliens or undocumented future Democrats?
Nor is Chicago alone.
A woman, identified only as Elaine, explained the plight of inner-city Baltimore residents on Laura Ingraham's radio show: "My children cannot play outside. I cannot take my trash out without locking the door — it's awful. Who is going to give us anything? Where can I get asylum? Where can I get refugee status?"
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