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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago to shelter 1,000 illegal immigrant children

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to have 1,000 illegal immigrant children sent to his city, according to a Fox News report on Saturday. Emanuel wants Chicago to open its doors to the immigrant children crossing the Mexican-United States border illegally via Chicago shelters by the end of 2014.

Additionally, Emanuel is planning to begin a broad-based pro bono campaign to council young immigrants. These services to the illegals will use Chicago’s legal resources. In a statement, the Chicago mayor said that the influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that can no longer be ignored. He says that while we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions. According to Emanuel, we will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely, according to the Washington Post.

Naturally, critics are wondering why Emanuel wants to have the illegal immigrant children sent to the murder capital of the world – which is the infamous moniker that Chicago has held for much too long. Criticism also involves Emanuel – like President Barack Obama – reaching out to persons who have entered the country illegally rather than putting more effort in helping legal residents who need help, such as the children in Chicago’s South and West Sides where violence and murders are much, much too common.

A group of African-Americans in Chicago have gone public with their criticism of President Barack Obama. They say that he is not serving his constituents. They would like to see Obama show more care and give more assistance to the children in his own community of the South Side of Chicago than pouring billions of dollars into the illegals at the border.

No doubt, the same persons and more will be voicing their objections to Emanuel’s plan to shelter and care for the illegals when Chicago is so severely challenged itself. Critics say it is just another sign that Emanuel is echoing Obama with most everything Obams says and does which has lead to Emanuel's incredibly low job approval and popularity rating at the present time. He is least popular with his former minority supporters - including Latinos. Therefore, some will see this reaching out to the illegals as a political move - as ill-advised as natural-born Latinos will find the move. And naturally, there will be speculation that this headline's timing is designed, also, to destract from the negative headlines Emanuel is dealing with locally over the alleged red light camera rip-off.