GREATER GRAND CROSSING — Fox News host Laura Ingraham brought her show “The Ingraham Angle” to Chicago’s South Side for a town hall Friday afternoon, with a stated focus on the city’s struggles with violence.
During the town hall, which filmed at 4 p.m. Friday and aired later than night, undocumented immigrants were blamed as a cause of the city’s violence, as was the city’s Democratic leadership and young men who are “over-mothered and under-fathered.”
Referencing the city’s abysmal homicide clearance rate, Ingraham spoke with residents affected by different types of violence, like the family of Demetrius Griffin, a 15-year-old Austin resident who was burned alive in a dumpster in 2016. There have been no leads in the case, family members told Ingraham. Ingraham offered to raise the reward for information leading to his killer from $15,000 to $20,000.
The town hall was taped at New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Drive. The church is located in Greater Grand Crossing, “one of the most dangerous neighborhoods” on the South Side, Ingraham said.
Griffin’s family and New Beginnings pastor Corey Brooks were also featured during Ingraham’s last time filming in Chicago in 2018. Brooks could not be immediately reached for comment.
Willie Wilson, a 2019 mayoral candidate who is running as an independent to unseat Sen. Dick Durbin (D), was a featured guest alongside Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly president Jesus Solorio.
Wilson discussed with Ingraham how Chicago’s business community can work to provide kids with “a way out of the life of drugs and gangs.” His son Omar was shot to death over drugs in 1995.
“We have to bring economic development, job contracts, things of that nature,” Wilson said. “The city [has] made investments, but they haven’t made the investment within the African-American community or Latino community as they do other communities.”
The conversation quickly turned toward immigration, after Wilson twice said he has “nothing against sanctuary cities” but would prefer the city focus on investment in “what’s here.”
“Their idea of a sanctuary city is illegal alien criminals — not people working in a restaurant, but criminals,” Ingraham responded.
Seven Chicagoans were detained by federal authorities after back-to-back immigration operations last week.
Ingraham framed the town hall as a counter to coverage of “Ukraine-gate” — the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
“It is easy to forget the crisis unfolding on America’s streets and the problems being ignored as we retreat in our political corners,” Ingraham said to open the discussion.