Chicago pledges $1 million fund to protect ‘anxious’ immigrants from Trump deportations

Chicago will use $1 million leftover from a tax rebate program to defend immigrants there from any deportation efforts undertaken by President-elect Donald Trump, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Friday.

“Chicago has a proud history of diversity and inclusion, and my administration will do everything in our power to ensure that immigrants remain safe, secure and supported,” Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday. “Because the election has created anxiety and uncertainty, we’ve created a legal fund to help ensure immigrants and refugees have access to legal guidance,” the statement said.

In partnership with the National Immigrant Protection Center, the mayor’s office said the fund will initially be bankrolled with money that had been set aside for a property tax rebate program. City Hall had reserved $20 million to be allocated to eligible homeowners, but nearly $19 million remained unclaimed this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Roughly 150,000 individuals living in or around the Windy City lack legal permanent resident status, according to the National Immigrant Justice Center.

With Mr. Trump having threatened to deport potentially millions of illegal immigrants upon taking office, Mr. Emanuel’s office said the center will be able to provide legal consultations and representation to approximately 3,000 residents using the newly established legal protection fund.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Retired says:

    Chicago should use that money to clean up its streets of drugs and gangs.

  • Smitch says:

    I live in Arizona…oops I mean Chicago, can I get some money? I am anxious and need some more pesos!

  • Tiger says:

    Blow it out your backside buddy when your funds cut off and you begin to get sued for the crimes caused by these people let us hear from you. As to protecting illegals what is that? Lunacy that is what that is. They are taking billions of tax dollars illegally. They are not supposed to get government goodies that is only for citizens and a judge recently made that clear to O’s lawyers.

    This country has been under the rule of a Dictator for so long these people forgot they work for the people and we have laws. They will soon be reminded.

  • Jose says:

    Hey chicago legal citizens: here is your taxes working for the benefits of the citizens. The hell with the homeless, the old age barely living on social security, the untreated veterans and the eroded roads/parks/city building as long as the ILLEGALS get YOUR tax money for their defense. Why not, they did not put any money into this so why should they worry about it.

  • BlessedtoServe says:

    breaking another law, misappropriating tax funds is not going to save them, and will just add another illegal act breaking of the federal laws…good luck with that, I hope they think they can use that for their own defense, when they are charged with Federal felonies by not adhering to our Immigration laws, (that are already on the books) and then misappropriating tax payers funds…for non citizens…good luck with that…allot of huff and puff….

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