Jan 9, 2017
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the mayors of other big cities in proclaiming that Chicago was a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, and that he would not cooperate with any mass deportation plans implemented by Donald Trump.
Trump’s threats are certainly disgusting. But while Trump so far offers disgusting words, Rahm Emanuel has ACTUALLY helped craft mass deportation policies. As a U.S. Representative, Emanuel reportedly encouraged many Democrats in Congress to vote for the Sensenbrenner bill in 2005 – the last time a “mass deportation” bill was seriously threatened. And as Obama’s chief of staff, Emanuel helped craft Obama’s immigration policy – which included mass deportations! Emanuel said that any attempt to legalize the undocumented in this country would be like touching a “third rail,” and encouraged Obama not to push any kind of immigration “reform.” Instead, Obama has deported more immigrants than any president in history – more than 2.5 million!
As for the immigrants who live in Chicago, Emanuel has overseen the closure of schools in their neighborhoods, the decline in public services immigrants and other workers rely on, and a massive shift of wealth from all the working class and poor neighborhoods, immigrant ones included, to the wealthy neighborhoods. This includes gentrifying many neighborhoods which used to be full of immigrants, but which are increasingly full of middle class white people, thanks in large part to policies Emanuel has carried out.