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President Joe Biden will send a “strike force” to Chicago, Illinois, to help curb the city’s shocking spike in violence — but the “strike force” will be focused on “gun trafficking” and not specifically on crime prevention. Fox News reports that Biden is sending “strike forces” into several major cities — Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. — in order to help officials in those cities “crack down on illegal gun trafficking,” even though it is not clear that “illegal gun trafficking” is directly responsible for spiking crime. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot discussed the “strike force” plan after meeting briefly with Biden on the tarmac at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week. “My hope and my expectation is that they’re going to be coming relatively soon. I’ve made no secret of the fact that this is a matter of incredible urgency and I think the president’s plan is to make a difference in localities like Chicago this summer,” she said. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the plan in June, though, at the time, the Department of Justice had not decided on which cities would receive a targeted strike force of federal agents.

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