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"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

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“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Mayor Gets It Right

Well, Mayor Emanuel has finally done something I can approve of:

During his 45-minute meeting with the president-elect in his personal office high above Manhattan in Trump Tower, Emanuel hand-delivered a letter from the mayors of some of the nation's largest cities urging Trump to continue protections offered to young immigrants instituted under President Barack Obama's administration.

The two-page letter asked Trump to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the so-called DACA provision that protects young so-called Dreamers who came to the country before the age of 16 from deportation and allows them to study and work in the U.S.

"I delivered to the president-elect and his senior adviser and his chief of staff a letter signed by 14 mayors that, uh, put together from across the country about our DACA students. And that they were working hard towards the American dream," Emanuel told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby following the meeting.

"And all of us fundamentally believe that those are students, those are also people that want to join the armed forces. They gave their name, their address, their phone number, where they are. They are trying to achieve the American dream, no fault of their own their parents came here. They are something we should hold up and embrace," the mayor added.

Like most American cities, Chicago is a city of immigrants, from just about everywhere. (This is fun, from Wikipedia:

The main ethnic groups in Chicago include Irish, German, Italian, Mexican, Assyrian, Arab, Bangladeshi, Jews, English, Bosnian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Greek, Black, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Albanian, Pakistani, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Swedish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Belgian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican. Chicago is also home to 30,000 natives of Iran (mostly Azerbaijani).

I don't think this city would be nearly as much fun if it weren't for the ethnic mix.

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