Emanuel Establishes $1M Legal Fund for 'Anxious & Uncertain' Illegal Immigrants
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing his push to defy President-elect Donald Trump's proposed policies on immigration.
Emanuel announced Friday that the city has set up a $1 million legal protection fund to assistant undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation, reiterating his stance that Chicago "always will be a sanctuary city."
According to a press release from Emanuel's office, the fund was created in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center to "provide immediate legal information, screenings, consultations and representation to individuals who may be at risk for deportation," since the election has created "anxiety and uncertainty" for these people. The money comes from a pool of $20 million initially set aside for Emanuel's property tax rebate program.
Similar moves are being made by state Democratic lawmakers in California and in the city of San Francisco. The "Outnumbered" panel reacted this afternoon, with Meghan McCain arguing that the American people voted on this issue last month and sided with President-elect Donald Trump.
"People don't want everything that's happened in the last eight years" when it comes to sanctuary cities, she said.
Sandra Smith said that Emanuel has much bigger problems to tackle, noting the city's more than 700 murders this year.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Democrats are showing a "political blindness" on this issue.
"People are much more sensible than these Democratic political leaders. I don't know what they're smoking," he said.
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