Mayor declares new Welcoming City ordinance makes city the most immigrant-friendly in the nation

BY MARK BROWN July 10, 2012 8:06PM
Rahm Emanuel, who defeated two Latino candidates in his run for mayor while fending off accusations that he had been less than supportive of immigrant issues during his days in Washington, seems determined never to be put in that position again.

Declaring that his new Welcoming City ordinance would make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly in the nation — by making immigration status off-limits to policeEmanuel on Tuesday took a big step toward making the city a sort of anti-Arizona.

It was none other than his one-time adversary on immigration and politics, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who stood at Emanuel’s side to make the Arizona comparison while praising the mayor for the new initiative that he said faces the realities of illegal immigration.