Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has declared the city will provide up to $1 million dollars to protect illegal immigrants from President-elect Donald Trump’s deportation efforts.
The funding has been re-routed from a tax rebate program for homeowners.
After many illegal immigrants have hit the streets in efforts to speak out against President-Elect Trump’s stance on deportation of immigrants who have come to the United States illegally, Chicago’s mayor has vowed to ensure immigrants are safe and secure.
In a statement released Friday, Mayor Emanuel said, “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 city has partnered with the National Immigrant Protection Center to create the legal protection fund, but has initially agreed to fund the entire movement out of funds set aside for a property tax rebate program. The money, to the tune of $20 million, was to be made available to eligible homeowners in the city.
Instead, the Washington Times reported that Emanuel’s office said $1 million from the tax rebate program will go toward providing “legal consultations and representation to approximately 3,000 residents using the newly established legal protection fund.”
Reportedly there are 150,000 people living in Chicago who do not hold legal immigration status.
Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat, said in his statement on 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.”
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