A mini-documentary sheds light on the severe humanitarian crisis in Los Angeles County, where nearly 59,000 people are homeless and outbreaks of contagious mediaeval diseases such as typhus are beginning to emerge.
Blaze TV’s “Slightly Offensive” program produced an 18-minute mini-documentary in September that showed the tragic reality of thousands of homeless people living in makeshift camps on the streets of Los Angeles, surrounded by rubbish that no one collects and where rats, insects, and contagious diseases begin to threaten people’s health.
Elijah Schaffer toured an area on the side of Highway 405 and interviewed some of the people who live in tents surrounded by rubbish, insects, and rats.
“It smells like death. Everywhere I walk it smells like death, and it sucks so bad, and I don’t want to be here,” a homeless woman said.
The journalist also documented the work of a group of volunteers who, summoned by the activist Scott Presler, creator of the solidarity project The Persistance, went to clean the area and remove the garbage accumulated over the past four years.
“Yes, there were rats. Yes, there were needles. Yes, we did have to wear hazmat suits for fear of catching typhus,” Presler told Elijah. “My question is, where are the elected officials here in California? Where are you?”
“President Trump called this out for what it is,” added one volunteer. “He said these cities really need to be looked at, that … it’s a health crisis and we need to start paying attention to it. And the Democrats laughed at it, they laughed at him.”
One of the “residents” of the area told the journalist that they had asked on many occasions for someone to come and clean up the rubbish that was accumulating dangerously close to their tents, but no one ever came.
According to the volunteers, who have done similar work in several cities around the country, this situation occurs or is much more serious in cities governed by Democrats who apply “sanctuary” policies.
“There are 500,000 homeless Americans. There are 50,000 homeless veterans. There are 3.6 million black children in poverty, 4 million Hispanic children in poverty, and 4.2 million white children living in poverty,” Presler said.
“The biggest question that the American people need to ask is, why are illegal immigrants prioritized over the needs of American citizens? Why are American citizens sleeping in these camps, sleeping on the streets, while illegal immigrants come first?” Presler added.
A growing crisis
According to data from a statement issued by the Trump administration in September, “nearly half of the homeless in the U.S. are in California.”
The statement says inadequate management of the property market whose high prices have thrown thousands of people onto the streets because they can no longer afford to pay rent.
In addition, the statement notes that the Democratic government undermines the “ability of police officers to enforce quality of life laws, eliminate camps, and connect the most vulnerable populations with the support services they need to get off the streets.”
Mental health problems are serious, given that California has reduced hospital beds for the treatment of acute psychiatric disorders by 30% since 1995.
Likewise, drug addiction and immigration problems have an impact on the increase in the homeless population in the state.
Faced with this serious crisis and following the instructions of President Trump, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, announced that the Trump administration will allocate $2.6 billion in housing programs with the goal of ending homelessness in California.