Mayor wants Chicago to shelter young immigrants

July 28, 2014

07/26/14 Chicago Tribune

chicagoMayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is set to aggressively expand the amount of shelter available to children apprehended at the southern U.S. border, with plans to house as many as 1,000 additional young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year.

The mayor’s office also plans to tap the city’s legal community to build what it described as a “broad-based pro bono campaign” to counsel the city’s share of unauthorized immigrant children, a proposal hatched as federal authorities work to boost the government’s capacity to shelter and care for the unprecedented number of children arriving from Latin America.

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Immigration protester back at Chicago church that sheltered her

March 24, 2014

 immigration marchNY Times, 3/23/14

Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman whose yearlong stay inside a Chicago church made her a lightning rod in the nation’s immigration debate, on Sunday returned to the sanctuary, saying she plans to live there until a hearing later this year when she will ask again to be allowed to stay.

Her journey back to the city after being deported to Mexico in 2007 began last week, when she crossed into the U.S. with her sons, 5-month-old Emiliano and 15-year-old Saul, along with dozens of mostly young deportees near San Diego to protest U.S. immigration laws and deportation practices.

A two-day detention led to the scheduling of an immigration hearing for September, when she can again plead her case to stay in the U.S., said her attorney, Chris Bergin. In the meantime, Arellano was allowed to travel and arrived in Chicago on Sunday.

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Chicago’s Heroin Problem: City’s Open-Air Drug Markets’ Surprising Connection To Mexican Drug Cartels (Video)

December 13, 2013

The Huffington Post, 12/12/2013

chicagoIn a Wednesday panel on HuffPost Live, Reader reporter Mick Dumke, Bloomberg reporter John Lippert and Chicago Recovery Alliance director Dan Bigg spoke on the Windy City’s heroin “open-air” heroin markets on the city’s West Side and its connection to the powerful Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel and its kingpin, “Public Enemy Number 1″ El Chapo Guzman.

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Emanuel to fast for 24 hours in support of immigration reform

December 12, 2013

chicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 12/11/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday plans to start a 24-hour fast to show support for immigration reform efforts in Washington, D.C.

The mayor and some members of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus plan to go without food from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday. They’ll begin fasting at an evening mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Pius Church in the Pilsen neighborhood.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel travels to meet Mexico City mayor, expand economic ties

November 18, 2013

chicagoABC News, 11/14/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in Mexico and signed a new trade agreement with Mexico City. Emanuel has company on this trip in former Mayor Richard Daley. Former Mayor Daley spent 22 years building Chicago’s international reputation. In Mexico City Thursday he did his best to stay in the background as he passed the baton to his successor.

When Emanuel joined Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera signing the new sister cities agreement, Chicago’s mayor was less concerned with ceremony and more with the potential two of the continent’s largest metro areas hold for each other.

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Mayors of Chicago, Mexico City expected to sign economic partnership pact

November 15, 2013

Chicago Tribune, 11/15/2013

chicagoIn his first official international trip, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with Mexico City, which would supplant a decades-old Sister Cities goodwill arrangement.

The memo of understanding, the first of its kind nationwide, commits the two cities to work together to build up exports, foreign investment, a skilled workforce and research endeavors. Developed with assistance from the Brookings Institution, the agreement also calls for cooperation in tourism, culture and water resources.

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Midwestern Business and Civic Leaders Call for Immigration Reform at DC Summit

February 28, 2013

immigration marchThe Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2/28/2013

At an immigration summit in Washington today, a diverse and bipartisan group of Midwestern business and civic leaders will release a report urging immigration reform to ensure regional and national economic competitiveness. Former Midwest Governors Chet Culver and Michael Rounds as well as former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Crate and Barrel Co-Founder Carole Segal will discuss the report from a bipartisan task force convened by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Like the rest of America, the Midwest is frustrated with federal immigration policy, and states are coping as best they can,” said Michael Rounds, former governor of South Dakota, and task force co-chair. “But the region’s growing need for immigrant workers and its deepening appreciation of the talent and vitality they bring require Midwesterners to be active in demanding better answers from Washington.”

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