U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions recently got tough on enforcing Immigration laws in this country. Specifically, he has indicated that he will withhold federal grant money to those cities that do not comply with the requirement to turn illegal immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they are released from police custody.
In other words, comply with the law on the books or accept the consequences of having the federal government withhold Byrne grants earmarked for law enforcement groups.
The grants were named for former New York City police officer Edward Byrne who was murdered in 1988 at the age of 22 as he sat in his patrol car.
Statement by Attorney General Sessions on the City of Chicago's Lawsuit Against the U.S. Department of Justice https://t.co/hY2xWe3JQc
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) August 7, 2017
Chicago filed a lawsuit on Monday, indicating that the Department of Justice’s sanctuary city policy was akin to ‘blackmail.’
Sessions’ released a statement on the lawsuit filed by Chicago:
“No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents.
This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress. To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system.”
Clearly, if Mayor and former President Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel cared about his police officers then he would simply obey the law.
The defiant Emanuel responded by saying:
“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city. The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime-fighting resources.”
Emanuel apparently can’t see the irony in his statement. He could improve public safety by handing over criminal illegal aliens to law enforcement.
Perhaps Emanuel’s lack of insight into public safety is why Chicago has such a high crime rate.
Sessions statement recognized Chicago’s high homicide rate by stating:
“They (referring to Chicago’s leadership) have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — Federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents. This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both New York and Los Angeles combined. The city’s leaders cannot follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve.”
Sessions statement further contends that Emanuel doesn’t wish to comply because he is concerned that Chicago’s law enforcement would have to be “reordered.”
Sessions let Emanuel know that was perhaps exactly what Chicago’s law enforcement needed to do when he said:
“The Mayor complains that the federal government’s focus on enforcing the law would require a ‘reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago.’ But that’s just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.”
Emanuel whose city stands to lose $3.2 million in grant money, a small fraction of the city’s budget, indicated that notifying ICE of the release of illegal immigrants from police custody 48 hours in advance would violate citizens’ “fundamental rights.”
Emanuel’s statement defies logic since “illegal immigrants” are not “citizens” with rights protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Emanuel reportedly said:
“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate. Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.”
The only person making Chicago’s police officers political pawns is Emanuel and the last time I checked, “welcoming” someone to a city does not necessitate breaking the law.
Sessions response was clear:
“This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety. So it’s this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.”
We’ll see how ‘welcoming the citizens’ of Chicago are of it’s mayor’s decision once the federal grants stop flowing into the already financially strapped city.
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