Latino aldermen want city council to halt deportations

July 24, 2013

By Yolanda Perdomo

(WBEZ/Yolanda Perdomo)
Families affected by deportations stand with Alderman pushing a new resolution. The Latino Alderman want the federal government to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The group wants city council to approve a resolution asking President Barack Obama to stop deporting undocumented immigrants. They say it destroys families.

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), who represents the largely Latino community of Pilsen said he worries the separation often negatively affects children.

“I have gone to many of my schools, talked to the principals of our schools. And they talk about the problem of counseling,” said Alderman Danny Solis.

Alderman George Cardenas (12th) says he wants that message sent to the White House.

“This country is based on democratic values and we must uphold these values. And that’s the message to Mr. President Obama,” said Cardenas.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has deported more than 1.9 million people since 2008. The resolution was referred to the city council’s Committee on Human Relations. It’s set for a public hearing at a future date.

Yolanda Perdomo is a WBEZ host and producer. Follow her @yolandanews.