MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL ON U.S. SENATE PANEL APPROVAL OF THE MIKULSKI-KIRK POLAND VISA WAIVER

As Mayor of Chicago, the city with the world’s largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, I applaud the approval of this measure to modernize our Visa-waiver program, legislation that I signed and supported while in Congress. Chicago is home to a proud, vibrant Polish community and allowing freer travel will contribute to our economy and both strengthen the historic bonds between Chicago and Poland as well as those between family and friends who have waited for the ability to visit one another, and will now be able to do so. The Polish community is a first-class friend to Chicago and deserves to be treated as first class citizens.