Mayor defends plan to house unaccompanied immigrant children in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took part in a Fiesta del Sol celebration on Chicago’s southwest side Sunday and defended his decision to accept the Obama administration’s request to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.

Citing his grandfather’s flight to freedom from Eastern Europe when he was just 13, the Emanuel said he believes it’s the right thing to do.

The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” he said. “While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing danger.”

The specifics on where to the 1000 children will be housed and schooled is still being worked out.

In the meantime, the mayor has asked the city’s law firms to volunteer services to represent the children in the myriad of legal scenarios they now face up to and including deportation.

But while the Democratic mayor and Democratic president have been criticized for their stance on the the thousands and thousands of children who have crossed U.S. borders illegally, state house Republican minority leader Tom Cross is not one of them.

Cross who was also at today’s Fiesta del Sol says the current crisis demonstrates now more than ever is the time to act on immigration reform.

“I think people have been expecting a comprehensive reform bill,” he said. “Frankly I think everyone has some blame – Democrats and Republicans.”

9 comments

  • DC123

    Why not house them in YOUR house, and whle you are at it, why not bus them over to the NOBama house. He is always golfing anyway.

  • honesttalk

    Let us THINK for a moment.

    Illinois has a $5.1 to $5.6 BILLION ($5,100,000,000 to $5,600,000,000) BACKLOG in payments to vendors on which it is paying 1% interest per month. In other words, big-spending Illinois spends beyond its means.

    So, what does a Liberal Goof do?

    One: Lies. Lying Emanuel sounds as though these kids are fleeing some sort of war zone. Didn’t the fornicating parents of these “children” know where they were living when they bore children? How are USA citizens responsible? No one asked me if they should fornicate and bear children? Were you asked?

    Two: The Liberal Goof keeps spending money when the state is effectively BANKRUPT. Now that is LIBERALISM at its best – FANTASYLAND.

    Can Obama or Gutierrez or Emanuel (the ballet dancer turned “investment banker” – talk about a blatant legal payoff), Durbin, Pelosi or some other Liberal explain to the US Taxpayers:

    WHAT PERCENTAGE OF “world-wide fornicating-child bearing-murder/mayhem, ad infinitum” are US Taxpayers expected to support? 1%? 10%? 20%? 50%? 100%?

    And can some Liberal than convert that PERCENTAGE into a dollar amount?

    These seem to be intelligent, reasonable, important questions to think about and answer.

    BUT LIBERALS? Not a peep! Why? Because they are nuts!

  • Chris

    And all of our city taxes will go up to take care of kids that have nothing to do with me. Send them back to where they came from – it’s not our problem. There are so many more domestic issues that require attention – Americans should come first, not people who are breaking the law by illegally crossing our borders.

  • John

    The Democrats use this State for their personal gain and when the State finally falls into the abyss of no return, Rahm, Durbin, Quinn, Madigan and others will be long gone and enjoying the fruits of their efforts. The Great State of Illinois Masquerade, and these guys don’t even wear mask.

  • Richard Vilchis

    Rahm could care less about these kids. He does nothing for the ones that are already here in Chicago. He just sees the $$$ Government Funds that will come with taking care of them. Little to none of which will be spent on taking care of them. SMH

  • Chris D'Amato

    We have tens of thousands of needy children here and what does the Brilliant One do? Take in more so he can look like Mr. Compassion while shafting the kids who live here already. PS stuff it you trolls. Nothing l;iek someone who drive through Chicago once every five years to tell us how to solve our problems. Stay in your disgusting little hamlets and l;et Us handle OUR problems or we’ll keep ll our tax money and your piggies will go hungry and your outhouses will collapse

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