In the case of illegal immigration, the foundation was laid by the factory owners and CEOs. As time passed, others got in on the action; from politicians to activist groups to professional holy persons. When all was said and done, most of these profited handsomely, but the city itself was reduced to a hollow shell. Hardworking taxpayers in every socioeconomic stratum footed the bill, and consistently found themselves paying more for less. This, it bears repeating, is why so many of them relocated, which exacerbated the city's decline and inevitable fall.
So, what about those public assistance programs? Will they survive this year's budget? In some way, shape, or form, probably. Consider them a bribe from the councillors for another four years. It's all they have, but it's enough for a satisfactory number of their constituents. Gangsters control most of the streets, the police department is a sham, utilities are distant memories, and English is a thing of the past, but those checks will be dished out, rain or shine, and this is what really matters.
The city represents what was once the American Dream, then the American Nightmare, and finally the America that surpassed fantasies altogether and settled for the conscious state of subsidized failure. It is a prime example of everything wrong with not only the country, but society. Oh, well. That's life.