CHICAGO (CBS) — A new Emanuel Administration official says special help for immigrant businesspeople is only the beginning of new initiatives for Chicago’s immigrant communities.
As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Adolfo Hernandez is the new head of Chicago’s new Office of New Americans.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In I-57 Expressway Shooting Near 119th Street
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For right now, the office consists only of Hernandez himself.READ MORE: 101st Airborne 'Screaming Eagles' Soldiers To Help Staff United Center Mass Vaccination Site
“It’s an office of one at the moment, but obviously, we have a ton of support from all of the city agencies that currently exist,” Hernandez said, “and sort of the way I like to think about it is we already have the infrastructure in place to serve immigrants. We have great city departments and agencies. The question is how do we maximize what we have in place?”
Hernandez’s first job is to assist immigrant entrepreneurs. But, he says, the task won’t stop there.
“This office – the goals of this office – will go far beyond that,” Hernandez said. “We’ll look at working with businesses. We’ll look at working with community-based organizations, and helping residents and immigrants around the city access city programs, state programs, federal programs.”MORE NEWS: Brent Seabrook Ending Playing Career After 15 Years With Chicago Blackhawks
Hernandez says he hopes to work with other city departments and the schools to expand outreach and assistance for all immigrant communities, and make Chicago more immigrant-friendly.