Plenty of liberals have lost their uplink to reality since Hillary Clinton lost her historic bid to become America’s first female and most corrupt president. One of them is definitely Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The embattled satrap of one of America’s most violent cities and President Obama’s former hatchet-man, Rahm unsurprisingly is willing to support those who have entered this country illegally. Few knew, however, that he was willing to throw the fragile Windy City into an economic death spiral to do so.
According to Fox News, Mayor Emanuel is willing to forgo federal funds to maintain Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city.
In a Monday statement, Emanuel said, “To be clear about what Chicago is — it always will be a sanctuary city. To all those who, after Tuesday’s election, (are) very nervous … you are safe in Chicago. You are secure in Chicago, and you are supported in Chicago.”
Rahm Emanuel: Chicago “always will be a sanctuary city.” pic.twitter.com/V2HFK1lNqm
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 14, 2016
Here’s the rub: A Trump administration has threatened to withdraw federal funds from sanctuary cities, which means a major hit for urban economies.
A sanctuary city, for those who have forgotten, is a jurisdiction where those who are in the country illegally will not face any repercussions for doing so. In fact, most sanctuary cities won’t even turn illegal immigrants in to officials upon request by the federal government. This is what happened to the undocumented man who shot Kate Steinle out in San Francisco last summer.
“Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities,” Trump said back in September, according to the Chicago Tribune.
It’s bad enough that decades of Democratic leadership have decimated Chicago and its economy. Now liberals want to increase taxes on those residents who still remain to pay for the balance.
“We are committed to being welcoming to all of those who come to our city. Even to the point of raising taxes, again? You know what, sometimes we have a moral obligation to take care of those who are less fortunate,” Alderman Raymond Lopez told WLS-TV.
Yes, because clearly what Chicago needs is more capital flight.
Emanuel’s liberal policies — sanctuary city status, gun control, higher taxes — have not produced the utopia that Bennington College graduates might have imagined. In spite of ever-stricter gun laws, Chicago was on track, as of October, for 726 firearm fatalities this year. That’s up from 605 the previous year.
A whopping 47 percent of black men ages 20-24 are unemployed in Chicago, meaning there isn’t a whole lot of a tax base to squeeze more money from. And while one would certainly wish to see Chicago be self-sufficient and not be a burden on the American taxpayer, few would argue that federal funds are necessary to keep the dysfunctional Midwestern city from imploding on itself the way Detroit has.
Yet Mayor Emanuel is willing to jeopardize that, all because he wishes to protect people who have entered this country and his city illegally. He is, in other words, endangering the well-being of his law-abiding citizens to protect those who are breaking the law.
If that doesn’t say it all about the mayor’s priorities, I don’t know what will.
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