Emanuel Sets Up Program To Help Immigrant Business Owners

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with immigrant small business owners Thursday at a restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood, where he announced a public-private partnership to help small business growth in immigrant communities.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Mayor Emanuel says Chicago has a tradition of welcoming immigrants, “and I’m going to keep that tradition and fight for that tradition, so if people are coming from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Pakistan, Morocco – wherever they’re coming from – Vietnam, Cambodia – they know Chicago has a welcome mat, and I think the other states – and this, I want to underscore three times – they are hurting their economic competitiveness.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Emanuel announced plans for the New Americans Small Business Series – a program of quarterly events to foster small business growth in the city’s immigrant communities. The program will be funded by a $30,000 grant from Western Union.

The program, administered by the city’s Office of New Americans and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, will create temporary one-stop neighborhood locations where current or potential business owners can learn about starting small businesses, the licensing process, tax laws, and chambers of commerce.

Small startup businesses, the mayor says, are the lifeblood of the economy, and 30 percent are run by new immigrants.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said he just came back from the South.

“There’s such a hostility towards our immigrant community, so it’s good to come back to Chicago,” he said.

Mayor Emanuel said Little Village, centered on West 26th Street, ought to be called Two Magnificent Miles. He points out it is second only to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue in sales tax generation in Chicago.

  • Jim

    Let’s be clear here. When these two say “immigrants” they mean illegals. Not only illegals but primarily MEXICAN illegals. Let’s see Rahm fork over cash for an Irishman that overstayed his visa. That won’t happen.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      BRAVO Jim !!!!!! That little pr! ck Gutierrez is the poster boy for this lousy liberal sanctuary state!!!

  • Roberta Waker

    Jim, I totally agree. Nothing in the article says anything about LEGAL immigrants. Keep sticking it to LEGAL Americans and we will vote you out of office. By the way, where’s the ACLU to defend LEGAL Americans with small businesses? Isn’t giving priority to immigrants an act of discrimination? Wonder if the American people will wake up BEFORE we turn into Northern Mexico, lose our Constitution and any and all rights if we’re not Hispanic. If our representatives think they will be immune when these people get amnesty and take control; they are in for a very rude awakening.

  • southside

    So the title “New Americans…” is a lie? Rahm would never lie to curry favor with folks ineligible to vote who somehow end up voting. Rahm would never use public funds to help illegals. The Chicago Way…

  • E M R L

    When has this liberal lying politican ever told the truth just this week he said he had NO idea his political campagin manager for the last 20 years was working for the speed camera company and stands to make MILLIONS! Did he get his start with the “New Americans Small Business”, And yes he is a immigrant he lived in DC for the last two years!

  • Fr. P

    Immigration basics: immigrant: someone who is in the USA legally. LEGALLY. Educate yourselves before showing your ignorance.

    • Roberta Waker

      The term “immigrant” does not always mean LEGAL, especially in a sanctuary city like Chicago. With Guttierez involved, chances are good that mostly illegals will be helped. In most cases you don’t even have to prove you are a legal American citizen to get “benefits” and in others, you can buy someone’s ID and still not be legal. So, you see, we HAVE educated ourselves.

  • Enrico Martinez Gonzalez Sanchito

    I have no problem with helping any small businessman. As long as Rahm is making it a strict requirement that absolutely not one single low life, bean eating, sh!t, illegal Mexican is employed in any of those businesses!!!

    • Roberta Waker

      @Enrico. Agreed. It’s great to help LEGAL “immigrants”, but unforrtunately most of these programs help the illegals. I know of many illegals that own and run businesses, they employ illegals and don’t pay taxes. By the way, isn’t it discrimination to help a particular group of people over others? Just asking.

  • tom sharp

    They have to “launder” that drug money somewhere!

  • Just the Average Joe

    We all know what he means, and his companion Luis Gutierrez is the national promoter of illegals in the USA. This is just part of the problem why Chicago is a city in decline, and will be begging for more money. Most people I know retiring, and there is a lot of them, are leaving IL for less crime, lower tax, and honest government services. Let Chicago go the way of Detroit, Cleveland, Philly, and the other urban cesspools that beg for other people to support their tax base. Chicago hates hard working legal citizens that pay taxes and abide by the law.

  • ggoldbach

    I’m a white guy. I’d love to have help starting a small business. It
    ain’t gona’ happen.

  • Married to a Puerto Rican!

    Mr. Mayor – please be aware that indiviuals fom Puerto Rico are NOT immigrants. They have legal status in this country because Puerto Rico is a commonwelth of the United States – not a separate country.

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