Skip to comments.'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says
Posted on 07/30/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Citing his immigrant grandfathers frightening flight from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to open the citys arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.
Some have suggested that the humanitarian effort funded by the federal government is a diversion and that Emanuel should concentrate all of his efforts on protecting Chicagos children from the gang violence that has claimed far too many innocent victims.
But the mayor argued Wednesday that a city of big shoulders with an even bigger heart can walk and chew gum at the same time. In other words, Chicago can do both.
This speaks to the values of a city. I reject the notion that its either-or, the mayor said, pointing to his plans for more summer jobs, full-day kindergarten and a longer school day and year.
You have a thousand kids fleeing violence in Central America. This speaks to who we are as a city in welcoming them, he said.
My grandfather left Moldova in Eastern Europe. His parents put him on a boat to get away from the pogroms [and] leave the violence. Thirteen-years-old by himself. Not a word of English to come to a place called Chicago. He left the violence of Eastern Europe.
The mayor added, These kids are leaving violence. There are 1,000 kids. We are not only a city of big shoulders. Were a city of big hearts, and we welcome them and get em on their way. And we will also make sure that the city of Chicago has universal pre-K, universal kindergarten, expanding after-school programs, expanding summer jobs, because the test and measure of this city is how we treat our children.
Emanuel said when he met with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to discuss the humanitarian effort, Jackson made a point that I had not thought of: when [then President Franklin Delano] Roosevelt turned away the St. Louis and sent the Jewish kids back to Nazi, Germany.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration approached Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, about the possibility of housing 1,000 immigrant children in Chicago facilities bankrolled by the federal government, complete with federally-funded security and support services.
City Hall responded by consulting with social service organizations that already house and care for migrant children. The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has asked for federal authority to join the humanitarian effort.
The Emanuel administration has also asked Chicago law firms to donate their services.
That will add some diversity to the police reports on the weekends.
Boy are they in for a big surprise.
The body count will go up as MS13 carves out it’s territory.
What about homeless children already living in Chicago-land?
Then ship them all to Chicago.
And five thousand family members?
I would suspect the Princess Mayor is angling for those “18 - 30 year old” children as replacements for combat losses to rival cartels.
Offer only applies if they can register to vote by November 8, 2016.
Then ship them all to Chicago. Then he’ll start to feel like we do.
Shouldn’t take long before they want to return to Honduras. Hey, maybe this is a plan!
Roger that. Isn't it ironic, that they are probably going to experience more violence in Chicago, than in their home countries?
Rahm’s “city of big hearts and small brains”. Chicago is a great place to send Barry’s Kids who came here to escape the “violence”. LOL! Boy, are they in for a rude awakening.
Illegals leave their homeland because of violence are shipped to Chicago, a city known for violence.
Are we shipping people from Chicago over the border in exchange for these illegals?
Rahm can do this because his own kids will never have to face the consequences.
The Chicago ghetto gangbangers think they’re tough. Wait until MS13 gets there.
Your post is hilariously accurate!
Do these left-wing, corrupt politicians ever listen to anything that comes out of their mouths? They just blab cynically away about love, daisies and unicorns while having the carpetbag packed when the proverbial **** hits the fan. Rahm surely is one of the worst human beings on the planet.
hHw many will be killed by black terrorist on the weekend?
More like bringing it there... let’s hear how well this turned out in half a year. Liberals will be so surprIIIIISED!
Rahm is only garden variety corruption.