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Record #: SR2016-908   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/16/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Human Relations
Final action: 12/14/2016
Title: Reaffirmation of support for Chicago Welcoming City ordinance
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Mendoza, Susana A., Pawar, Ameya, Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Munoz, Ricardo, Moreno, Proco Joe, Hopkins, Brian , Dowell, Pat, King, Sophia D., Sawyer, Roderick T., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Thompson, Patrick D., Cardenas, George A., Quinn, Marty, Burke, Edward M., Foulkes, Toni, Moore, David H., Curtis, Derrick G., Zalewski, Michael R., Scott, Jr. Michael, Solis, Daniel, Maldonado, Roberto, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Reboyras, Ariel, Waguespack, Scott, Villegas, Gilbert, Mitts, Emma, Reilly, Brendan, Smith, Michele, Tunney, Thomas, Arena, John, Cappleman, James, Osterman, Harry, Moore, Joseph, Silverstein, Debra L., Santiago, Milagros, 20th Ward Vacancy
Attachments: 1. SR2016-908.pdf, 2. R2016-908.pdf
City Council Meeting November 16, 2016


Chicago is a Welcoming City

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with families from more than 140 countries; and

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and major cities around the United States have welcomed and embraced immigrants and refugees from around the world; and

WHEREAS, many members of the Chicago City Council including the Mayor proudly embrace their immigrant roots; and

WHEREAS, like most major cities, the City of Chicago passed legislation designating the city as a welcoming community for all immigrants, refugees, and undocumented individuals and their families to protect them from discriminatory practices and policies; and

WHEREAS, nationally there has. been an increase in reports of racialized, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic rhetoric and violent acts of harassment targeting Muslims, Jews; refugees, undocumented immigrants and communities of color, including Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and Middle Easterners; and

WHEREAS, while many callous pundits and politicians refer to undocumented individuals as 'illegal' immigrants or.aliens, in the City of Chicago we call them our family members, neighbors, friends, and community leaders; and

WHEREAS, like other welcoming communities, the City of Chicago recognizes and embraces the humanity in the conversation around immigration policy and rejects a construct where we refer to fellow human beings and their life as an 'illegal'; and

WHEREAS, with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President ofthe United States, we, the members of the City Council and the Mayor, are gravely concerned with his plan to strip federal funding from all cities with policies that protect undocumented immigrants and other non-citizen residents from deportation; and

WHEREAS, the City Council and the Mayor are united and resolve to fight any effort to strip cities that welcome and protect immigrants of federal funding; a...

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