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Mayor Emanuel: Send 1, 000 Illegal Immigrant Children to Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready for his city to host 1, 000 unaccompanied immigrant children, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

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“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore, ” Mr. Emanuel said in a statement.

More than 57, 000 unaccompanied children have crossed the US border since October, creating a humanitarian crisis and a political problem for the Obama administration.

“While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions, ” Mayor Emanuel said. “We will do or part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”

Republican-Leaning Washington Times, reported that citizens of Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, blame the Obama administration for placing the plight of illegal immigrants above the needs of Chicago’s citizens.

“Mr. President, we’re asking for you. You’re spending billions of dollars in Texas, but we’ve a problem here in Chicago. We will not stand by this here, and keep letting this senseless killing and shooting happen in our community, ” one Chicago woman the windy city’s South Side said during a July 14 protest, the Times cited.

Aides to Emanuel told the Tribune that the decision to expand Chicago’s shelter for the immigrant children was made after US government officials suggested the idea. Emanuel was President Obama’s first chief of staff, and a US congressman from Illinois.

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