Rev. Jackson: Obama, Feds Need To Do More To Combat Chicago Violence
(CBS) –– The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are differing on where the fingers should be pointed when it comes to federal anti-violence help, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Jackson and Emanuel agree curbing violence involves not just police, but economic development and jobs in high crime neighborhoods; but Jackson seemed to fault President Barack Obama for funding priorities that appear to put immigrant children coming across the borders first.
“If we can find $4 billion for those children — and we should — we can find $2 billion for Chicago. There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot,” said Jackson.
Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, disagreed with Jackson blaming the president.
“I slightly disagree with the reverend,” Emanuel said. “I wouldn’t put this at the president’s door. I put this at the door of Washington, D.C. This has been a long time that they have stopped investing in our children, and they need to invest in our kids.”
The mayor has complained about the funding gap too.