In the sneak peek for this week’s episode of Black Ink Crew: Chicago, Loyal Ink is dealing with a national crisis that hits close to home.
Don and Cobra have been noticing Lily’s somber mood lately. After many attempts to cheer her up with no luck, Lily reveals that the recent ICE deportations and family separations at the border have been weighing heavily on her. “It hits more on a personal level because my whole family is immigrants,” she explains. “[They’re all] Mexican. I see them and I watch how much they suffered and struggled. I’ve heard their stories.”
As a father, Don has a difficult time grasping the heartlessness it takes to wrench parents away from their children. “I’d die before I let somebody take my kids away like that. These are the things happening in the U.S. right now.”
What worries Lily the most is her two baby sisters still living in Mexico, whom she feels will not be safe until they are living in the U.S. With the cartels wreaking havoc on innocent people, the country has become even more dangerous. The frustration of it all makes her feel powerless, but Don suggests that the artists put their tattooing skills to use and make a contribution.
See the solution they come up with to give back, and don’t miss Black Ink Crew: Chicago Wednesdays at 8/7c only on VH1.