Immigrants Rights Leader: Rahm Shouldn’t Run for Mayor

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

As Rahm Emanuel weighs his decision about whether to run for Chicago mayor, he may face opposition from at least one group: the immigrants rights community. “The immigrant communities do not want Rahm Emanuel to come home without immigration reform,” Joshua Hoyt, executive director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said on a conference call yesterday. “The Latino communities will be behind [Rep. Luis] Gutierrez.”

Supporters of immigration reform have been disappointed by the Obama administration’s actions on immigration reform, arguing they stepped up enforcement without providing relief to non-criminal immigrants living in the U.S. Obama promised immigration reform during his first year as president, but did not deliver.

Gutierrez, a longtime advocate of immigration reform in Congress, has criticized Emanuel for the administration’s inaction on immigration reform. He said in April Emanuel “better stay in the White House” and that he would not endorse him if he ran for Chicago mayor.

Of course, Gutierrez is also contemplating a run for the spot in the wake of Mayor Richard Daley’s planned retirement. And although Hoyt said the Illinois immigrants rights community would be behind him, nationwide advocates of reform argue he can better serve the cause in Congress. “We want him to stay in Congress,” Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of immigration advocacy group America’s Voice, told The Hill. “We need him here. We want him here.”

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Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

You would think a congresman who makes the laws would be able to have more influence on immigration reform, then the person that advices the president.


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Comment posted September 23, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

Of course. In today's race-based politics, a Latino candidate should only represent Latino residents, not every person in his/her area regardless of their ethnicity. Disgusting and completely against what Dr. King and the civil rights struggle stood for in this country. A total betrayal.


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This is the guy that was threatening to vote no on healthcare reform for 306 million people unless it provided benefits to illegals, he is a traitor, who cares what he thinks about Rahm!


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