CLEVELAND - Roma Gypsies are invading Cleveland, taking advantage of the current economic crisis to set up tent neighborhoods.
Roma, called Gypsies, had traveled around rural areas of America in the 1930s. Many Roma from Russia and the Balkan countries came to the U.S. and Canada during the late 1800s. Experts believe Roma originated from northwestern India, but hundreds of years ago they were labeled Gypsies because people incorrectly thought they came from Egypt. Gypsies were persecuted by the Nazis during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Nearly 500,000 Roma people died in concentration camps.
Since then, Gypsies have roamed all over Europe – Eastern and Western. Recently, thousands of Roma gypsies deported from France are heading for the midwest of the United States. Many have been spotted in Pennsylvania and Michigan but there has been a large number seen in recent weeks in Ohio, with close to 50,000 setting up camps in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs.
Ohio has the perfect weather for us,” said Radva Kurcik, a Roma leader from Romania. “There are also many empty office buildings and houses in Cleveland, that we intend to take over. We love Cleveland!”
The Cleveland Police have not yet taken any action against the gypsies. “We do not want to racial profile any group. We are taking this gypsy situation seriously, but we’re going slowly.”
“Going slowly?” said Jim Scott of Hudson, Ohio. “We got gypsies all over the place. There was over five hundred setting up camp on our town football field. Somebody has to do something!”
Many of the gypsies have already managed to get onto the unemployment rolls in Ohio. “They make it very easy for you to get unemployment benefits and food stamps. Plus, President Obama met with us over the weekend and promised us free healthcare, said Katrina Vldoch. “America is the greatest nation in the world.”
Many Cleveland residents are upset about the influx of Gypsies. “They are thieves and robbers. They don’t work and they don’t contribute to society. We want the government to do something! We want them out!” said Missy Connors of Cleveland.
Connors was later arrested for attacking a gypsy that had moved into her house. “The Police are siding with the gypsies. This is outrageous!” said Scott.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said that the city is planning to have a meeting to discuss forming a panel to address the Gypsy situation. “We don’t want to discriminate about anybody. Cleveland loves diversity.”
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has told the Roma leadership that gypsies are welcome in America – especially in Ohio. But, if Ohio voters promise to vote for Obama in 2012, the Administration said that they will encourage Gypsies to head to Missouri.