Chicago City Council passes resolution in favor of immigrants

The Chicago City Council passed a resolution Wednesday in support of the DREAM Act and against the planned deportation of a local college student Rigo Padilla, who I've written blog posts about before.

The vote was 49 to 1 with only Ald. James Balcer voting against it.

Now this is largely a symbolic measure as city government has no role in enforcing federal immigration laws. But our local politicians are attempting to pressure Congress and President Obama to take action on immigration reform.

"We must use the bully pulpit to make sure that people hear us, that Washington hears us, that the Republicans hear us. I believe that we speak for millions and millions of immigrants," said Ald. George Cardenas, who immigrated to the United States when he was 13.

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Rigo Padilla at City Hall press conference Wednesday.

Cardenas and other Latino alderman, Ricardo Muñoz, Danny Solis and Manny Flores, and also Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, spoke at a press conference at City Hall Wednesday in support of the DREAM act. This federal legislation would help legalize immigrants who came here as minors and complete two years of college or military service.

They also argued that Padilla should not be deported.

Padilla, 21, is an A student. But in January he was arrested for driving under the influence. He admitted to drinking a few beers with friends. He planned to drive eight blocks home but was stopped by police when he rolled through a stop sign. Nobody was hurt in the incident. Padilla was given supervision and this will not result in a conviction. But it was discovered he was undocumented and now he faces deportation on Dec. 16.

"My home is here. That's all I know," said Padilla, who has no close relatives in Mexico. He was brought here by his parents when he was six years old.

"To try and imagine or plan for something I do not know is surreal to me," said Padila, who has apologized for his mistake.

It is a serious mistake but it's not a deportable crime. Padilla should be give another chance.

He said the City Council resolution sends a huge message to the nation.

"Chicago supports undocumented students and is asking for my deportation to stop and to stop the deportation of other students who have struggled and lived most of their lives in this country," Padilla said.

Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, also supports Padilla.

"These are young  people who are  brought here by their parents," Hoyt said. "...These children are stuck unable to work, unable to drive, with futures on hold, often times unable to go to college."  

Ald. Muñoz said Padilla's case shows the immigration laws need to be changed.

"These broken immigration rules are causing the break up of families," Muñoz said.

Ald. Preckwinkle also spoke in support of Padilla.

"This is a human rights issue. It's not just an issue in the Latino community. It's not really just an immigration issue. This is about what kind of country we're going to have, who we're going to welcome here and who we're going to support. And surely this young man who went to school, who  is continuing his education and who plans to be a productive member of our society deserves our help and support," she said.

Last week Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reaffirmed Obama's support of immigration reform. But immigrant advocates say the administration is moving too slow.

"(Obama) did promise the  Latinos immigration reform. And he won the election through and through by Latinos that put him in the White House," Cardenas said. ".... A lot of Latinos are losing hope in his administration. Obama must understand his re-election hinges on getting things done."

Unfortunately by the time Congress acts it may be too late for students like Padilla.

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  • We think that today's administration under President Obama or previous political parties had a goal of enforcing our immigration laws. But corrupt politicians intervened on behalf of the open border fanatics and special interest lobbyists. As with E-Verify that has become a spotlighted enforcement law, because it was originally nearly tabled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). But public uproar caused them to forcibly change their decisions and fully fund E-Verify for another 3 years. WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CAVED-IN? Right now it is the--ONLY--true enforcement tool implemented, but it is only as good--IF--business owners are forced to use it. Even though hundreds of thousands of companies have now decided to apply it, yet it is not MANDATORY? It is up to the discretion of employers? In a few states Representatives have introduced it into law, as with the fed's issuing an ultimatum that all contractors/subcontractors must use E-Verify. Remember E-Verify does not need buses for deportation? Those here will self-deport. It will take time, but without access to jobs--THEY EVENTUALLY WILL LEAVE. THEY CALL IT "ATTRITION?"

    Justifiably bloggers should be either criticized for their anti-sovereignty stand, or praised for informing the unaware public of the taxpayers money needed to fund a 2009-2010 Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Rewarding the millions already illegally squatting here, with the costs to support families, children and those kin who will come here through sponsorship. THEN THE MILLIONS MORE WHO HAVE HEARD THE CALL FOR AMNESTY AND RUSH TO GET HERE FROM POOR NATIONS, BEFORE THE NEW LAW MATERIALIZES?

    House Judiciary Committee's Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times today He stated that the Washington Times had slammed the Obama Administration for hardened enforcement. While the opposite reaction came from the open border advocates saying there was too much enforcement. However Rep. Smith determined the opposite? This is his statement:-

    * Rescinding of the "no-match" rule that prevents the Social Security Administration from contacting employers when a new hires name and social security number don't match their records. "Without this protection, many employers will continue to employ individuals they know are illegal and are taking jobs that should go to citizens and legal residents," Smith said.
    * Repeal of REAL ID in lieu of PASS ID, which makes it easier for illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license. "This makes it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country. And it can provide terrorists with a legitimate ID - as we saw with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, who between them obtained 30 driver's licenses and ID cards," Smith said.
    * Lack of funding for an airport biometric exit system that is part of a DHS proposal to monitor when foreign visitors leave the country. "40 percent of all 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. This program will show who did not leave the country when they should have," Smith said.
    * Restricted the 287(g) program by limiting the ways local law enforcement officials can help federal immigration enforcement officials.
    * No funding for border fence, which was required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    * Signing the CHIP bill making it easier for illegal aliens to get health care.
    * Reduced work site enforcement by shifting the focus away from the illegal workers and onto the businesses that hire them.
    * Allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens even though it violate federal law.

    Reading the Washington Times indicates to me, that they are pro illegal immigration, that is not in the American workers interest. They have consistently reacted to any enforcement of laws. They are obviously adverse to any immigration restriction, as the majority of the national press have indicated to us. Unlike the rural media who do not condone DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's rush to OVERPOPULATION through another BLANKET AMNESTY? Grade your Senator of Congressman/Woman on NUMBERSUSA website. Call them and reprimand them for approving another AMNESTY or anything else at 202-224-3121. The people of America have been blindsided to long and must become more involved. We all no by now we cannot trust our government anymore to do the right thing for all of us. To survive we must fight back or financially--SINK. Washington is truly a corrupt place, where taxpayers money is the bargaining chip. Read all at JUDICIAL WATCH, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICAN PATROL & THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

  • The city council also voted to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers.I assume that includes some undocumented aliens.So symbolicly they are pretending to help,but in reality they are making the lives more difficult of citizens,legal and illegal immigrants that are just trying to earn a living.

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