Rahm Emanuel took another opportunity to ignore the destructive violence and suffering the citizens of Chicago face (almost 1,000 shooting victims in 2017) to offer their tax dollars to protect illegal immigrants from deportation. The campaign called “Chicago One” will help illegals fight deportation orders from the federal government.
The campaign highlights the city’s legal defense fund, in which illegal immigrants can receive taxpayer-funded attorneys in order to fight deportation orders in immigration courts. The organization the city has teamed up with to help illegal immigrants and foreign refugees is the Resurrection Project, which is vehemently opposed to any reforms or halts on immigration.
The efforts by Emanuel to further obstruct cooperation with the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on immigration issues come just as the City has refused to reverse its sanctuary status for illegal immigrants.
The Resurrection Project has praised Emanuel’s sanctuary policies, writing months ago “We applaud Mayor Emanuel on his firm decision to stand by our community, taking the appropriate measures to guarantee that Chicago remains a welcoming city, where freedom and respect for immigrants –no matter their origin – are still upheld.”
Rahm clearly is undeterred by Attorney General Sessions and the Trump administration’s threat to pull federal funding from sanctuary cities. It will certainly be interesting to see if he pays the consequences at the ballot box in 2019.