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Activist Slams Emanuel Over Immigration Reform

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – The City Council is asking President Obama to declare a moratorium on deportations of undocumented aliens who are married to U.S. citizens.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, one activist is also taking aim at the President’s former chief of staff, mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Several Latino aldermen and others say it is unfair to split up families when one spouse is a U.S. citizen, and the other was brought to the country illegally at an early age.

They want the deportation of such immigrants stopped, and community activist Emma Lozano wants Emanuel defeated in the mayoral race for allegedly thwarting immigration reform.

“He was recommending to the president not to move on this issue, and that was the issue President Obama promised us,” Lozano said. “He said that we would not even attempt to look at this issue until the second term of a Democratic president.”

An Emanuel campaign spokesman suggests Lozano is looking for a scapegoat, and says Emanuel has the same record on immigration reform as U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a well-known champion of national immigration reform.

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