Dorothy Brown’s commitment to immigrant communities
Chicago was built by immigrants. Immigrants are our families, friends and neighbors. Immigrants bring stability, security and economic development to many of our neighborhoods.
Governor Bruce Rauner’s statements blaming immigrants for the economic problems and the violence that the city of Chicago is facing is not only a slap in the face to our immigrant families, friends and neighbors, but it is a vile and cynical page taken out of Donald Trumps playbook, -lie about our immigrant communities; stoke racial tensions and demonize those who are different.
The second largest economic engine in Chicago, after Michigan Avenue, is 26th Street in Little Village with its Latino immigrant merchants and customers. The vibrant Devon Corridor with its South-East Asian specialty shops and restaurants is not only an economic engine but brings visitors and tourists to the neighborhood. Milwaukee Avenue, long a vibrant Polish community, attracts visitors from throughout our city. Our immigrant churches, synagogues, temples and community centers bring stability to our neighborhoods.These immigrant communities are what helps to make Chicago what it is today. These immigrant communities add to our tax base. Our immigrant communities should be honored and thanked for the contributions that they make. They should not be disparaged, vilified and demonized for the rank political purposes of a failed governor
Appealing to rank bigotry should be beneath any elected official or candidate. Unfortunately, in the days of President Donald Trump it is a path that some wish to take.
I stand with our immigrant communities. I thank our immigrant communities for the immense contributions they make to our neighborhoods and city.