CHICAGO (CBS) — A Northwest Side alderman has accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of “fear-mongering,” after the governor proclaimed Illinois will temporarily stop accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) has written a letter to President Barack Obama, criticizing Rauner for temporarily suspending the resettlement of new Syrian refugees in Illinois. The governor said the state would “consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
Ramirez-Rosa said immigrants have been settling in communities in his ward – from Logan Square and Hermosa and Albany Park, to Irving Park and Avondale – for 150 years, and they keep doing so.
“Our doors are open, our hearts are open, our minds are open, and Syrian refugees – Syrian families fleeing violence – are welcome in our neighborhood,” he said.
The alderman said he and others took offense to the governor’s announcement.
“This is fear-mongering from the governor,” he said in a phone interview with WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya. “As much as Governor Rauner lacks the legal authority to close Illinois’ doors, we still have a moral responsibility to respond to the fear and the hatred that’s being put out there.”