The mayors at yesterday's press conference The mayors at yesterday's press conference. milenio

Mayors pledge help for migrants’ defense

Mayors of 4 cities promise support for legal defense of undocumented migrants in US

Three Mexican cities have pledged to support the legal defense of migrants in the United States through an agreement with officials and businesses in Chicago.


The mayors of Mexico City, Guadalajara and Ciudad Juárez met yesterday in Chicago with that city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, where they pledged support for undocumented migrants.

The four politicians said at a press conference that despite efforts at the national level to separate the two countries, the mayors are committed to working at the local level to help citizens and migrants on both sides of the border.

“We affirm here . . . that local governments will work together and will make a difference. Whereas there exist disagreements at the federal level, at the local level we can build very important agreements,” said Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera.

“Mexico city may be thousands of [kilometers] away, but we’re here to build bridges instead of walls, and [to build] deep foundations for our bridges, because the peoples of our two cities represent the future and a more intimate and immediate opportunity,” said Mayor Emanuel.

Mancera added that the cities be looking for financing through local governments and crowdfunding campaigns for “the legal defense of migrants, and to organize brigades that will go from door to door to inform migrants of their rights.”


Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro Alfaro said the first step would be to offer immigrants a legal defense so they can remain on American soil, where they have made new lives.

The challenge in Mexico will be receiving repatriated migrants and providing them with food, shelter, employment and health care, he said.

“We are going through rather delicate times for both our countries,” Alfaro continued. “. . . federal governments are doing very little to give us certainty about things.”

The government of Mexico City said later through a press release that it will offer Mexicans who return — voluntarily or otherwise — unemployment insurance, health care and favorable terms to acquire housing.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp), Chicago Sun Times (en)

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  • TioDon

    Let’s see; minimum wage is $4USD a day, most Mexican kids don’t go to high school and most live in poverty and these guys find money to keep illegals in the US. They must love all those US dollars those illegals are sending back home.

  • Donald Godier

    Better to build a vibrant business community so you wouldn’t need the 52 billion sucked off America’s teet

  • miabeach

    The last thing Mexico wants is Mexicans.

  • Jim Anderson

    And I am having trouble getting my Mexican Citizenship because they are playing a wait and see game. How can Mexico support illegal immigration into the United States and be so damn strong about immigration into Mexico?

    • K. Chris C.

      The Mexican tyranny robs and impoverishes the Mexican people knowing that many of their victims will more than likely migrate north to the US tyranny. The migrants will then send back billions of pesos that the Mexican tyranny will also rob of at least 16% IVA. All the while the Mexican tyranny will be freed from the requirement to provide “services,” like schools, etc., to millions of emigrants.

      Unfortunately for the Mexican tyranny, the US tyranny, even more bankrupt then Mexico, has their eyes on Mexico’s energy resources. That’s the problem with making bed with a bear, he may just rollover on you.

      An American citizen, not US subject.

  • K. Chris C.

    “We’re pledging to shovel millions more at the law firms of our friends and family under the guise of helping migrants. Because of that, we unfortunately need to announce the doubling of all city fees and fines.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Amazing how the central issue of illegality is ignored. Illegal aliens. Get it?

  • Henry Wilson

    Anything to prevent the gringos from dumping back onto your streets all of your unemployables and criminals which you fellas originally worked so hard to dump on them, huh? Makes sense.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Chicago is the Central Logistical Drug Distribution to the USA Illegal Drug Market, so go figure that would be the illegal immigration central for the Mayors of the major Mexican Cities that also Distribute Illegal Drugs. Rahm Emanuel is just stepping up to the plate and like a good Chicago Mobsters, getting his Marginal Percentage of the Distributions!

  • AM

    If the US wants to get serious about crime and drugs the solution is simple – Put the needle down and clean it up you junkie.