A proposal designed to protect immigrants from threats by police and other city employees based on their race or immigration status is moving forward in the City Council.
On Wednesday, the council’s Human Relations Committee passed an amendment to Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, aimed at ensuring that immigrants are “treated with respect and dignity by all City employees and should not be subjected to physical abuse, threats or intimidation.”
Under the proposal, complaints of such attacks would be handled by city and police oversight agencies.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen are sponsoring the ordinance.
“While Washington continues to fail to act on comprehensive immigration reform, Chicago has worked to make our city the most immigrant friendly in the country,” Emanuel said in a statement earlier this month to announce the legislation. “This proposal will help to ensure that immigrants from across the globe continue to view Chicago as a great place to settle and make better lives for themselves and their families.”
The proposal could go before the full City Council on Wednesday.