Chicago’s city council voted on Wednesday to authorize a $3 million program proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would grant special city ID’s for illegal immigrants and other groups.
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The Chicago Sun-Times spotlighted the 44 to 4 vote in a Wednesday write-up. Mayor Emanuel asserted that the council had a “moral responsibility” to vote in favor of his plan, which would “help undocumented immigrants, homeless people, ex-offenders and domestic violence victims come ‘out of the shadows.’”
One of the four “no” votes came from City Alderman Anthony Beale, who emphasized that “this is the jurisdiction of the state and federal government. Municipal ID’s should not be administered by cities. The state and the federal government do a good job of doing that.”
However, the mayor played up the recent deportation of a DREAMer under the administration of President Donald Trump:
“I would love for the federal government to
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