Annual Assembly

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Courtesy of ABA Media Relations.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a shock look earlier than the ABA Home of Delegates on Monday, praising the affiliation for its efforts to advertise the rule of regulation and criticizing the Trump administration.

“By no means earlier than did I feel that this nation would have this second in time, the place we might take the rule of 1 man’s opinion over the rule of regulation of our collective will,” he instructed assembled delegates on the Hyatt Regency resort.

After sharing the story of his grandfather’s immigration from Lithuania and the contributions immigrants have made to town, Emanuel expressed his pleasure in Chicago’s immigration insurance policies. “We’re not a sanctuary metropolis; we’re a welcoming metropolis,” he stated.

Chicago is suing the Department of Justice concerning a maintain the Trump administration tried to put on federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The Chicago-based seventh U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals has placed an injunction on that maintain, and the case is scheduled to be heard subsequent month.

“Town of Chicago has taken this administration on, and its political tradition, and this concept that one particular person can outline what’s proper and unsuitable, what’s authorized and unlawful,” Emanuel stated, “from well being care to immigrant rights to the notion {that a} metropolis could be coerced off of its insurance policies by utilizing the purse of the federal authorities.”

Emanuel was not listed on the Home agenda however appeared towards the tip of the day’s session.

“I’m solely right here as a result of you might have performed an necessary function in shaping this nation,” he instructed the Home and obtained amusing from the gang by including, “I’m additionally right here to shamelessly ask you to spend more cash whilst you’re right here.”

“However I’m actually solely right here to ask you to proceed to seek out your voice on this time,” he continued. “Let’s be sincere. All of us are very lucky. We are able to return to our locations of consolation respectfully. And we’ll. However within the time that we’re in public positions—positions with titles and authority that imply one thing and have worth—we’ve got to make use of this perception and defend what we consider America stands for.”

Emanuel recalled a dialog his daughter had with Shimon Peres on a household journey to Israel for her bat mitzvah. He stated Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, instructed her there are solely two books of significance: the historical past ebook and the visitor ebook. And now that she was an grownup, she should resolve which ebook her title went in.

“All of us need to resolve, collectively, which ebook our title goes in,” Emanuel stated. “Which ebook does the ABA go in?”

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