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Chicago Mayor ‘Will Not Cooperate’ With ICE To Deport Illegal Immigrants

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Meet the new boss in the Windy City; she’s the same as the old boss.

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement prepares for a series of raids on illegal immigrants across the United States, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted that her city “will not cooperate with or facilitate any ICE enforcement actions” and that she had taken “concrete steps” to throw a wrench in the works, including ensuring the city’s police superintendent had terminated ICE’s access to the city’s immigration database.

“We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response, Chicago has taken concrete steps to support our immigrant communities,” Mayor Lightfoot said Friday in what — if she was not a Democrat– would be described as a “tweetstorm.”

“I have directed — and Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson has confirmed — that CPD has terminated ICE’s access to CPD’s databases related to federal immigration enforcement activities,” she continued.

“I have also personally spoken with ICE leadership in Chicago and voiced my strong objection to any such raids. Further, I reiterated that CPD will not cooperate with or facilitate any ICE enforcement actions.”

Lightfoot said that “Chicago will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities” and directed anyone who was concerned to a link about the raids from the National Immigrant Justice Center.

How “concrete” these “concrete steps” are — at least in terms of foiling the raids — is probably a matter of some debate.

The 2,000 families reportedly being targeted in the weekend raids that will be conducted across 10 major cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami and New York, are subject to deportation orders.

Furthermore, given the sensitivity of the matter, one assumes that ICE wasn’t expecting these cities to be welcoming places for law enforcement. In fact, most of the mayors of these locales have made similar statements.

Furthermore, even with the president’s tweets on the matter, the government is being circumspect on just what the raids will entail.

“Due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to enforcement operations before the conclusion of those actions,” ICE spokesperson Matthew Bourke said of the raids, according to The Hill.

“As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who have received criminal convictions; have pending criminal charges; are determined to be a national security or public safety threat; or are an immigration fugitive.”

But that’s the thing: Chicago has a long and proud (perhaps not the right word) tradition of resisting any attempt to enforce immigration law within its borders.

Back during the days of Rahm Emanuel’s administration of the city, Chicago refused to work with ICE on illegal immigrants that were in police custody — and amazingly, touted this as something that makes the Illinois metropolis more secure.

“Today’s opinion in favor of Chicago and against the Trump Justice Department marks a major win for all Chicagoans and a significant victory for public safety,” Emanuel said after a Trump administration initiative to deny certain public safety grants to sanctuary city was permanently enjoined by a federal judge.

One can understand the urge to fight the Trump administration on a defunding order because they had denied ICE access to its jails or refused to cooperate with them on a law enforcement matter. To then paint the issue as one of “public safety” takes a certain level of hubris that induces eyebrows to raise.

That lawsuit, at least, had some level of practical effect upon law enforcement efforts. Less efficacious were the times that Emanuel declared his city a “Trump-free zone” after the president ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as if the former mayor was going to station police battalions at O’Hare with orders to block the runways at the first sight of Air Force One.

Lightfoot’s tweetstorm has more the ring of the latter than the former. I’m sure that her  “strong objection to any such raids” could have been noted before this all began, and one would assume — given what’s already transpired both in federal court and public discourse — that ICE’s access to the city’s databases had long since been terminated.

However, it’s worth noting that Lightfoot, just one month ago, took control of a city that has consistently had a crime rate much higher than the national average and which has seen population loss for four straight years; in 2015 and 2016, it was the only city in the U.S. top 10 to see a loss.

One can assume these facts aren’t unconnected. And while a conspicuous Democrat can’t come out and support ICE raids against those who have deportation orders — usually individuals who have decided reason not to be in this country — it might help her image if she sat this one out, particularly given where her city stacks up.

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41 Comments
  • Stephen Russell says:

    Improve city as Gun Range then & crime, cant see the connection to Crime & homelessness?? Odd

  • wolfen244 says:

    great. another stupid woman of color to destroy the lives of black people with communism.

    • Richard Novick says:

      How can they not distinguish between the true immigrant and the illegal aliens who walk right in? We are in favor of immigration, as long as those seeking residency in our country do it LEGALLY. Those who are here illegally have broken the law and need to be removed from the country. You want to come in, do it legally. Who doesn’t get that? The mayors of the sanctuaries.

  • wolfen244 says:

    Lightfoot should be the on arrested.

    • ROBERT R MELLINKOFF says:

      YEP and anyone else who condones criminals and illegals but that is what makes her rich turning her head keeping the money they are suppose to help the city with. Its a pay off.. we will turn our head hide illegals, let you sell drugs if you vote for us. Simple.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    Apparently this twit doesn’t understand the difference between immigrant and illegal!

  • Barb says:

    Chicago people, I’m guessing this is what you want because you keep voting in the same dumb people. I am all about serving and helping those less than, but breaking laws, expecting a free hand out…I cannot condone or be a coconspirator to such behavior. You’re all against Trump, but how about the moms & dad’s who submit their children to desert conditions, child predictors/traffickers, diseases ect…crickets?????

    • DGIANFRIDDO says:

      Well said. But we all realize this action has more to do with stacking illegal votes toward the democrats in 2020 rather than “ showing concern or love toward the ILLEGAL ALIENS that have been ORDERED out of OUR country!!

      That Mayor in my opinion must be on the DUMMYCRAP payroll

  • Donald Stuart says:

    She is a communist Democrat and should be arrested.

  • Randall benson says:

    Just who do these so called mayors think they are?
    They are OBSTRUCTING FEDERAL LAW and harboring
    criminals.
    Crazy Nancy Pelosi says “no one is above the law”.
    I guess that only applies to Republicans and LEGAL
    AMERICAN CITIZENS.

  • Rosemarie Kline says:

    Arrest Mayor Lightfoot TODAY

  • Mark Wiley says:

    Arrest the mayor.

  • james sherwood says:

    Did U expect anything less. LGBT & add that to Democrats & what do U have..Another POS

  • Joseph Holland says:

    Deport her stinking ass with the illegals, don’t help these states, no federal government support at all and let them make it on there own and they will do right…..

  • The only problem is that people refuse to send illegals to those Democrat states. We just have to make sure those states /cities don’t get any of our tax money to put the illegals on welfare or money to bail them out. Take their guns and send in buss loads of criminals. Trump needs to start removing military bases from those states, especially CA; they have been making fools out of people in the East Coast for about 100 years by getting Billions/yr for those bases and many phony projects.
    (former Federal employee)

  • michigan Man says:

    It is time for REAL Americans to start fighting these socialists/communist leaning individuals. We need to take back our country. I hope the people of Chicago sends her a strong message of disapproval, but they elected her, so probably not.

  • Brokengirl55 says:

    The tentacles of corruption in the city of Chicago spreads throughout the state of Illinois. There has been some comments in this section about voting people out of office. As a citizen of downstate Illinois, basically our vote doesn’t count for any state office or any major decisions as abortion, immigration, taxes, etc. We can vote against any candidate or proposition. What happens is the other side has people voting multiple times in different precincts, dead people voting, absentee ballots disappearing, ballot boxes being switched.
    I vote because I feel it’s my duty but I do wonder sometimes if it’s worth the price of the gas I pay to get to the polls. This corruption here nullifies anyone’s vote who does not share in the left’s believes.

    • Lynn says:

      I understand what you are saying completely, Minneapolis/St Paul is the same way! Crooked voting, that is how Losers Omar and Ellison got in. That is how Hillary got the popular vote, sometimes it makes me filled with rage because No One does anything about it.

  • Pollty says:

    Well we wait for Chicago to burn

  • EUNICE M MELLINKOFF says:

    Make this go viral. Chicago is a bought and paid for legalized crime city. Watch Drugs Inc the piles of drugs, the murders, the rapes, and the police just ignore it. It is a city run by gangs and their mob political bosses. Simple as that.

    Don’t buy into these people’s so call caring. They could give a rats ass about anyone but themselves. This woman is a disgusting cancer on this city.

  • Brian E Travinski says:

    If ICE is after them it is because they are here ILLEGALLY! And if they are here “ILLEGALLY” then the Mayor is guilty of obstruction of justice AND aiding and abetting/harboring a fugitive of justice.

  • Marilyn says:

    Such a good idea, liberal Dem! Now you can increase killings and crime rate as mayor so you’ll have a record for something. These Dems are just plain DUMB!

  • Don M says:

    Cut off all federal funds to these shit holes.

  • Lee Price says:

    I wish the Powers that be in Washington would read The Supremacy Clause of The Constitution.

    The Supremacy Clause, Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. … Even state constitutions are subordinate to federal law.

    DONE!!! Those that disobey, put their sorry asses in Jail!!!!

  • DLW says:

    Great! That will show the criminals Chicago is trying to enforce our laws! These mayors should be barred from office. I’m sure the poor people are happy that illegals are preferred over them.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Arrest daBytch 4 obstruction of justice.

  • andy j hajik says:

    Stop the Sanctuary City money,have her arrested

  • Susan says:

    All I can say is what the Fock is our country coming to? And people are against Republicans?? When our laws are not followed and elected officials are the ones not following them we as a people are screwed. This goes way past minor little infractions. When are we going to stop letting them get away with this?

  • Larry Gaines says:

    New Chicago mayor is just like the old Mayor. Dumb, stupid illegal immigrant lover and I say she is also a Racist Bitch. She will make windy city worse

  • Tommhan says:

    Democrats have gone more insane each year.

  • clifford green says:

    arrest anyone who works against ICE Including the stupid Mayor

  • FEDUP365 says:

    Load her in the cattle car too and deport her for hiding Fugitives from the Law

  • Yank says:

    In this country of laws, it is unAmerican to protect those who break the laws of this country. Should local law enforcement not comply with federal agencies, I have only one question. Who supersedes who? Local PD or a federal agency?! We all know that answer! It is not what laws these cities and states have to adhere to, it is their lenning way(s) to pick and choose the laws they want to adhere to. In my opinion, that is stupid as hell!

  • Samatha says:

    Our DOJ has to get tough; all these mayors are harboring criminals which means they are breaking laws! Arrest them and the sanctuary for illegals, criminals will end!

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