Seventy-seven murders in November have pushed Chicago’s death toll to over 700 this year so far, and with one full month left to go, the 75 percent nonwhite city seems well on its way to set an all-time record, closely mirroring the collapse of Detroit in this regard.
At the same time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to defy President-elect Donald Trump’s deportation orders and vowed that the city will always be a “sanctuary city” for illegal invaders.
Police in Chicago made their announcement about the number of murders on December 1, in the middle of a surge in gun violence focused on the black and Hispanic west and south sides of the city.
The 77 murders in November brought the number of murders to 701 for the year to date, a 55 percent increase for the same period last year, according to Chicago Police Department spokesman Frank Giancamilli.
The number of murders in Chicago, a city of 2.7 million, exceeds those in Los Angeles and New York combined, cities with considerably larger populations than Chicago.
In addition to the 77 homicides, Chicago police also reported 316 shooting incidents in the month of November—that is, nearly 11 per day, and a total of 389 shooting victims.
The number of guns recovered for the year through November was nearly 8,000, up 20 percent from a year ago, while gun-related arrests were up 8 percent.
Earlier, Mayor Emanuel announced that he would protect illegal invaders from deportation, even as President-elect Donald Trump pledged to remove as many as 3 million criminal illegals from the country.
He vowed to maintain Chicago’s “sanctuary city” status, where local laws prohibit government workers and police officers from asking about residents’ immigration status.
“To all those who are very nervous and filled with anxiety. . . you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago,” Emanuel said. “Chicago will always be a sanctuary city.”
The illegal invasion of America is one of the main reasons why Chicago has become a majority nonwhite city so fast, and also a primary driver of the gang- and drug-related crime wave which has swept through the city.
It remains to be seen how a President Trump will deal with cities such as Chicago, given his election campaign promises to halt illegal immigration.
However, dealing with illegal immigration is only one of the problems facing American cities. Another problem—just as important—is dealing with ever-increasing black violent crime.
Addressing that latter topic will require honesty and bravery in dealing with what is essentially a racial question. What a Trump presidency will do in this regard, also remains to be seen.