In a recent proclamation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he intends to give city jobs and internships to so-called "DREAMers," youngsters in the country illegally. In addition, he’s making sure they can complete paperwork for government assistance; in other words, more tax dollars spent on illegals.
In the announcement, Emanuel proudly stated that "for the first time" Chicago is "opening up nearly 23,000 City-funded internship, volunteer, and job opportunities for undocumented students or 'DREAMers.'" "DREAMers and DACA recipients are assets that we need to nurture and develop like precious natural resources for the benefit of the entire community," Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) says in the announcement. "They are an integral part of Chicago’s workforce of tomorrow. Once again, the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are leading the way on the inclusion of our immigrant communities."
This is shocking since Chicago’s youth has the highest unemployment rate in the country. According to the Black Youth Project, 92% of black male teens are unemployed in Chicago, 83% nationally. These shocking numbers released by the Chicago Urban League are one more grim result of Illinois having 600,000 fewer jobs today than they did in the year 2000.
In December 2012, the Chicago New Americans Plan highlighted barriers that DREAMer students faced, including language barriers and information gaps about the opportunities available to them. These impediments have in the past served as an obstacle for these students and their families, in some cases preventing them from accessing critical enrichment programs.
It seems that one "barrier" was not taken notice of – that these students are not citizens and not legally eligible for such opportunities.
So the Mayor of Chicago is favoring giving city jobs who youths who are here illegally rather than to youths of United States Citizens.
In the announcement, Emanuel also promised to "eliminate administrative barriers to employment and internship" for DREAMers and said that he is ordering city staffers to help these students file for "deferred action documentation." To this author, that means he’s ignoring the legal barriers.
If your blood isn't boiling yet, the Mayor announced that he is also going to "train" city authorities in how to aid illegal alien applicants with paperwork and in how to get them government assistance. Department of Human Resources Commissioner, Soo Choi said, "We are conducting tailored training for City staff to provide Chicago's DREAMers with opportunities to excel outside the classroom and obtain valuable professional experience in City government.
Elected officials in Chicago will create more chaos, crime and unemployment with these moves. Why?