Record #: R2015-915   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/18/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 11/18/2015
Title: Reaffirmation of City of Chicago status as sanctuary city
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Quinn, Marty, Mell, Deborah, Osterman, Harry, Solis, Daniel, Mendoza, Susana A.
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2015-915.pdf

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, where one-out-of-five of the city's residents was born outside of the United States; and

WHEREAS, With residents from more than 140 countries and more than 100 languages spoken in our city, Chicago is truly a city of immigrants; and

WHEREAS, The people of Chicago have a long history of opening their arms and homes to the vulnerable and disadvantaged; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago has been built on the strength of its immigrant communities; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago reaffirmed its commitment to serve as a sanctuary city for immigrants when it adopted the "Welcoming City Ordinance" in 2012; and

WHEREAS, The conflict in Syria has caused a refugee crisis, which the City of Chicago will not ignore; and

WHEREAS, More than seven million Syrians have been displaced by war, and many referred to the United States for resettlement are the most vulnerable from Syria's collapse: torture survivors, people with special medical needs, women who head households, and children; and

WHEREAS, The number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to neighboring countries has now eclipsed four million, thus confirming the Syrian refugee crisis as the world's single largest refugee crisis in almost a quarter of a century; and

WHEREAS, President Obama has committed to accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year; and

WHEREAS, Those wishing to come to the United States must apply through the United Nations and are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to our country; and

WHEREAS, Refugees are vetted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, and the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security; and

WHEREAS, Refugees from Syria are subject to additional screening that verifies what caused them to flee their home; and

WHEREAS, The intense background and medical checks requi...

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