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Sanctuary cities, power politics, and a lesson from Chicago

“The rule of law is always compromised by power politics.”

Before Chicago’s mayor feuded with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over federal immigration policy, before sanctuary city politics and long before Donald Trump became president, a man they didn’t know was standing on a street corner in Chicago.

Dennis McCann, an insurance broker, was about to cross North Kedzie Boulevard and have dinner with a friend.

“He was going to meet a friend, a client, Jose Gonzalez, owner of El Cid, a restaurant there,” McCann’s brother Brian told me Tuesday. “They were close. My brother just wanted to cross the street and see his friend.”

It was June 8, 2011, and Rahm Emanuel had just been elected a few weeks before on the charms of his former boss, then-President Barack Obama. Jeff Sessions was a senator from Alabama. President Donald Trump was just a rich guy on reality TV.

Most likely there was nothing on McCann’s mind about illegal immigration and whether Americans have the right to control their own borders — issues that would later propel Trump to the presidency.

What was Dennis McCann thinking about? “He was probably thinking the same stuff you and I would think about when we cross the street and a friend is waiting,” said his brother, “like what to order, what to drink.”

So Dennis McCann began crossing the street.

And he was hit by a speeding car.

All that was left on the street were his sandals.  And the rest of Dennis McCann was being dragged hundreds of feet down Kedzie.

“I heard the impact, saw this man go up into the sky and land on the windshield,” witness Alberto Aceves told the Tribune at the time, describing how Dennis McCann fell off the hood to roll under the speeding car. “I pull up to the passenger side screaming at him. ‘Stop! The guy’s under your car.'”

The driver finally stopped the car, got out and tried to run, but was arrested by police.

Saul Chavez, then 35, a Mexican immigrant here illegally, had been drinking heavily. The Cook County sheriff’s office said Chavez had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent, more than three times the legal limit. Chavez had just completed probation after a drunken driving conviction two years before.

Chavez was charged with a felony — aggravated DUI — and was given a $250,000 bond. Two days after McCann was killed, federal officials filed an immigration detainer, believing Chavez was living in the U.S. illegally. The form requested that Cook County notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if Chavez was scheduled to be released.

Sanctuary cities and power politics

But as Chavez sat in jail, Chicago Democrats on the Cook County Board were playing immigration politics. Led by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and catering to the Latino vote, they worked out a new policy:  The Cook County Board decided that federal detainer requests would be ignored, and those suspected of being in the country illegally and in jail on criminal charges could make bond without fear of deportation.

Chavez did make bond. Cook County did not notify immigration officials. And within days, what happened?  Chavez fled. He disappeared back into Mexico, where he remains out of reach of the short arms of Chicago’s law.

“I’ve talked to the feds recently,” said Brian McCann. “They know where he is. Chavez is in Mexico. There is a Mexican warrant out for him. But it hasn’t been served.”

McCann was quiet for a moment.

“What justice did my brother get? Chicago Democrats got to pander to the Hispanic vote and ignore the rule of law. And the mayor now gets a campaign issue. And my brother? Nothing.”

I first wrote about this case years ago, and called Brian McCann on Tuesday to write about it again, to remind people that politics isn’t the only thing at stake here. Lives are at stake. And confidence in the rule of law is also at stake. Without confidence in the rule of law, a republic collapses into mob rule.

Sessions is threatening to withhold federal law enforcement grants if Emanuel continues with Chicago’s sanctuary city policy. Emanuel filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, demanding the federal funds.

“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Emanuel said.

Our Chicago values?

Hearing the mayor talk, you almost forget that he was stridently opposed to illegal immigration not long ago. And under Presidents Bill Clinton and Obama, he demanded repeated and high-profile federal immigration raids and deportations and crackdowns at workplaces across America.

But now he’s Mayor Zorro.

What’s amusing is that some are so blinded by their hatred of Trump, and so oblivious to how Chicago politics really work, that they’re actually applauding Emanuel for standing up to alleged Trump bullying.

Rahm must smirk at such useful idiocy. It all plays into his hands. He’s hurt himself with African-Americans, so he drops his sanctuary city card again and again, cozying up to Latinos as he seeks re-election.

“Under Clinton and Obama, Rahm was against all this,” said Brian McCann. “Now he’s a sanctuary cities proponent. The rule of law is always compromised by power politics. That’s all this is: power politics for Rahm and Preckwinkle. And public safety be damned.”

Big-city Democrats step over people like Dennis McCann, because the Dennis McCanns are in their way. Mentioning the Dennis McCanns runs counter to approved power-politics narratives, and they become the forgotten.

And you wonder why Trump won the election?


[From an article by John Kass, written for The Chicago Tribune]




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Sanctuary cities are choosing criminals over citizens

City governments are vowing to protect even violent predators…instead of taking care of their own citizens, city officials around the country are planning to sabotage federal law enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned recently that sanctuary jurisdictions risked losing federal grants if they persisted in obstructing the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding are at stake.  “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Attorney General Sessions said. “Countless Americans would be alive today and countless loved ones would not be grieving today if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”

“We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. On the same day that Attorney General Sessions issued his warning, she hosted a meeting with like-minded officials from other sanctuary cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia, who prioritize the welfare of illegal immigrants over their own citizens. Ms. Mark-Viverito and her comrades threatened to block access by federal immigration authorities to city property and to city records that could help with the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. They are acting in the spirit of Alabama’s late Governor George Wallace, who stood in the schoolhouse door to defy federal enforcement of desegregation.

“The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order,” tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Spare us the tears, Mr. Mayor. We are not talking about innocent children caught up in vindictive mass deportation sweeps. Rather, President Trump’s so-called “mean-spirited executive order” is intended to rid this country of fiends like Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a gang member from El Salvador with a criminal record, who was released from Rikers Island this year onto the streets of New York before U.S. officers from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit could pick him up for deportation proceedings. And there is Luis Alejandro Villegas, 31, who was released from local custody on Dec. 31, 2016, despite a detainer request from ICE. Villegas had previously been removed from the United States and has a prior conviction for forcible theft armed with a deadly weapon.

“Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York.

Fortunately, ICE agents were able to catch up with both Velasquez and Villegas on their own and place them into federal custody. If de Blasio has his way, we may not be so lucky next time. In the New York City suburb of Hempstead, two women and a 2-year old girl ran out of luck. A MS-13 street gang member, who had been deported back to El Salvador from the U.S. four times and had a number of prior arrests, stabbed the women and sexually assaulted the little girl.

Hempstead is in Nassau County, which is a sanctuary jurisdiction. Hempstead’s Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. said last February, “President Trump’s recent executive orders go against the moral fiber with which our great nation was built, and I wholeheartedly support New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and countless other Mayors throughout the United States in denouncing these acts. I, Mayor DeBlasio and leaders from many other communities throughout the country will work together to oppose these executive orders and protect the rights of all people.” Good going, Mayor Hall. Now you can explain your opposition to rounding up and deporting illegal aliens with prior criminal records to the illegal aliens’ victims in your town, whom you should have been more worried about.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is presiding over a city beset by rampant crime, reiterated his pledge that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants. “Chicago was built on the back of immigrants and our future is hitched to the wagon of immigrants who come to the city,” he added.  Do these include the 45 out of 48 illegal immigrants picked up in a raid last month in the Chicago area who had previously been convicted of crimes, including criminal sexual assault? Twenty of the illegal aliens had returned to the country after have been already deported. In refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officials, Mayor Emanuel is hitching Chicago’s future in part to criminal illegal aliens who remain free to prey on Chicago’s citizens.

Challenging the Trump administration’s intention to put an end to sanctuary cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” Tell that to the surviving family and friends of the Californian woman killed in a car crash caused by a drunk illegal alien with a long rap sheet, who had been deported previously. Perhaps Mayor Garcetti would do well to listen to the victim’s fiancé, who blamed politicians like himself for the “criminal illegal immigrants that are being harbored here.” Then again, Garcetti, Emanuel, de Blasio and the rest of the sanctuary city crowd are intent on placing their own pro-illegal alien progressive agenda above the safety and welfare of the people they are supposed to serve and protect.

In Travis County, Texas, Sheriff Sally Hernandez, known as “Sanctuary Sally,” has adopted sanctuary policies for the county in defiance of both federal and Texas state law enforcement. “We can’t have state and elected officials in the state like Sanctuary Sally [Hernandez] down here in Travis County turn a blind eye to releasing illegals that have felony convictions and then wonder what’s going to happen when they get back into general population,” said Texas District 7 Senator Paul Bettencourt. But it may be too late. According to a report issued by ICE on March 20, identifying those sanctuary jurisdictions which released criminal aliens under an immigration detainer, Sanctuary Sally’s county scored the number 1 position. It’s only a matter of time when a released illegal immigrant with felony convictions commits another crime.

Illegal immigrants in the United States make up approximately 3.5% of the nation’s entire population. According to data compiled from the U.S. Sentencing Commission for fiscal year 2015, illegal immigrants were responsible for 30.2 percent of convictions for kidnapping/hostage taking, 17.8 percent of convictions for drug trafficking, 11.6 percent of convictions for fraud, 10.4 percent of convictions for money laundering, 6.1 percent of convictions for assault, and 5.5 percent of convictions for murder. So much for the myth spread by the pro-illegal immigrant crowd that illegal immigrants commit serious crimes at a much lower rate than U.S.-born citizens.

Harboring or shielding from detection any alien who “remains in the United States in violation of law” is itself a violation of federal law. It also has real life consequences for the victims of the crimes committed by illegal aliens who are being shielded in sanctuary jurisdictions. Local and state officials who willfully help illegal immigrants evade detention for possible deportation should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


[From an article by Joseph Klein published in FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE]


NORM ‘n’ AL Note:   How do you suppose the mayors named above and all the other government officials who are so rampantly pro-sanctuary and anti-law are going to explain their public stupidity when they lose a loved one to a criminal act committed by an illegal alien?




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Democrats seem unable to recognize truth from lies anymore…

Nancy Pelosi held a town hall event on CNN to try to present a Democratic alternative to Donald Trump.  At the event, a grieving mother whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant asked Pelosi how she, Pelosi, could possibly support sanctuary cities.  Pelosi’s answer left many Americans wondering just what planet she was from.

Democrats not able to tell the truth any more...

Laura Wilkerson’s son was captured by an illegal immigrant, then beaten, tortured, and lit on fire.

She questioned Nancy Pelosi how she, Pelosi, could support illegal immigration and back sanctuary cities when those policies lead to the death of innocent Americans.

Wilkerson also demanded Pelosi to answer which one of her grandchildren she’d be willing to consider as “expendable” just so illegal immigrants can continue to flout our laws and remain in America.

Pelosi was visibly shaken when confronted with the real world consequences of her open borders policies.

She stumbled through her answer, and then responded with a massive lie, saying that sanctuary cities house people who are not disobeying the law.

Lifezette reports on the exchange:

“In 2010, one of these illegals slaughtered my son,” the woman continued, her voice hoarse and cracking with grief. “He was tortured, beaten, then tied up like an animal. And then he was set on fire.  And I am not a unique one-story mother. This kind of thing happens all the time. Because no one is enforcing our borders,” the woman said.

“We have to start putting American families first. There is nothing wrong with putting Americans first. Many of us have family members who fought and died for this country. How do you reconcile in your head about allowing people to so easily disobey the law?” she asked.

Pelosi was visibly stunned, and perhaps even shamed, by what the woman said next.

“The second part of my question is this — if you need to go home tonight and line up your babies as you say, and your grand-babies, which one of them could you look in their eyes today, and tell them that they’re expendable? For another foreign person to have a nicer life? Which one would you look to and say, ‘You, my child, are expendable for someone else to come over here and not follow the law and have a nicer life’?” the woman asked.

Pelosi’s response was to insist that sanctuary cities do not protect criminals like the one who killed the woman’s son. “I do want to say to you that in our sanctuary cities that these people are not disobeying the law. These are law-abiding citizens [sic], it enables them to be there without being reported to ICE in case of another crime that they might bear witness to,” Pelosi insisted.


Pelosi’s false claim that sanctuary cities are a place where law abiding citizens seek refuge is jaw-dropping in its stupidity.

First, every illegal immigrant is breaking the law just by the nature of their presence in America.

Second, her own San Francisco provided one of the most famous examples of the dangers sanctuary cities pose to America citizens.

In 2015, Kate Steinle was viciously murdered when she was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported five times.  ICE had a detainer on the illegal immigrant, but San Francisco as a sanctuary city ignored the order and set him free.

It’s clear Nancy Pelosi has no choice but to employ alternative details (which in the minds of a majority of Americans is called “lying”) in order to claim sanctuary cities are not home to illegals and other dangerous criminals.

[From an article published by AMERICAN PATRIOT DAILY]


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The staggering cost of America’s illegal immigration

Staggering cost of America's illegal immigration

It is no secret that the southern U.S. border is open, allowing thousands of people to pour into the country illegally.  Ironically, Congressmen on both sides of the aisle in Washington are not inclined or don’t have the will to do anything about it.  Although most support legal immigration, there are huge differences on how each side believes illegal immigrants and the security of our borders should be handled.

Liberals generally support amnesty for those that enter the U.S. illegally.  They also believe that undocumented immigrants‖ should have all the educational and health benefits that citizens receive including financial aid, welfare, social security, and Medicaid.  (Why? See our comment below.)

Conservatives are against amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally.  They believe that those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who enter legally and obey the law.  They also believe that the Federal Government should do a better job enforcing current immigration laws.

Whether you call them illegal immigrants‖ or you call them undocumented immigrants, the undisputed fact remains that when a person crosses the border without the proper authority, he/she is breaking U.S. immigration law.  Just to be clear, there may be some immigrants who had green cards (or other legal authority) who did not renew or replace an expired or lost card.  This would be analogous to someone who let a driver‘s license expire and then proceeded to drive a car.  They would be doing so illegally.  Nevertheless, to put all illegal immigrants into the undocumented immigrant category is ludicrous.

It is estimated that there are between 11 and 30 million illegal immigrants in the country, and that they account for 13.6% of all crime in the United States.  No matter where you stand on this issue, the facts show that the direct and indirect financial costs are enormous.  The following statistics were extracted from the website fairus.org.

Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level.  Most of the costs (around $84 billion) are absorbed by state and local governments.  That amounts to an average of $1,117 per household.  The variance per household is higher or lower depending on the demographics of illegal alien populations.  Education costs absorbed by state and local governments are estimated at $52 billion annually.  Although illegal immigrants who work are required to pay income tax, most don’t.  Those that do get much of it refunded because they are in such a low income bracket.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. send $50 billion back to their home countries each year.  When you include legal immigrants, The World Bank estimates the amount to be $120 billion.  That is money that is not going back into the U.S. Economy.

According to National Review, $1.87 billion was spent in 2014 on incarcerating illegal criminal immigrants.  The Department of Homeland Security estimated the percentage of illegal immigrants that are incarcerated to be between 11 and 15 percent of the country’s prison population.   Almost all the financial burden was shouldered by the states.  The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which is a federally funded program, does pay for some costs.  However, it does not really matter because it all comes out of taxpayer dollars.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), using official Department of Justice data on criminal immigrants in the nation‘s correctional system, reported the following: – Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were by criminal immigrants.  In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.  In addition, during those years, criminal immigrants accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York.  That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.

It gets worse: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed (deported) 235,413 criminal illegal immigrants nationwide in 2015, 49% percent of whom had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.  Although the numbers are down since 2012, they are still substantial.  Do the reduced numbers mean that there are fewer illegal immigrants coming into the country or does it mean that ICE has smaller resources to do its job or does it mean they are told to stand down?  In 2013 and 2014 ICE set free more than 66,000 illegal immigrant criminals who had over
166,000 convictions (30,000 for drunk or drug impaired driving, 414 kidnappings, over 11,000 rapes or other sexual assaults, and 395 homicides).  Since their release, many of those have already been convicted of new crimes including felonies.

It gets still worse: The invasion of illegal immigrants has established and empowered many in the form of street gangs.  Their growth is fueled by money obtained easily through drug smuggling and sales.  A 2011 FBI report makes many connections between the Mexican drug cartels and various U.S.based gangs.  An out of hand financial and social disruption cost to American citizens just continues to grow.

To make matters worse yet: Laws in sanctuary cities help shield illegal immigrants from deportation, despite astonishing statistics on violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants.  These laws, in many cases, are in direct opposition to Federal immigration laws.  Sadly, the U.S. Senate refuses to crack down on America‘s nearly 300 sanctuary cities.

A 2014 Reuters article stated that a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 70% of Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation‘s culture and economy.  Concerns include job losses, the social landscape, how much insurance costs rise, and other related issues.  Since illegal immigrants typically take low skill, low paying jobs, it would be logical to surmise that some portion of those jobs are being taken away from legal immigrants or rightful American citizens.  When that happens, few good choices remain.  They are usually left with the choice to go back to their home country, get some kind of aid, or enter a life of crime.

Illegal immigration is totally out of control and our elected leaders know it.  Securing the borders and fixing the illegal immigration problem should be demanded by all Americans.  Unfortunately, only about six percent of the population thinks it is a major problem (a sharp decline since 2014).  They are either not aware of the enormity of the issue or they are more concerned about other issues.


[by Ron Celano, writing for iPatriot.com]


NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  As we have pointed out previously in various postings, the primary reason why Democrats continue to advocate for amnesty toward illegal immigrants in the US is deceptively simple: They know that by showing mercy and kindness toward illegal immigrants and allowing them to stay in the US (another way of saying they’ll not enforce current immigration laws), they will be creating millions of “instant Democrats” who will show their appreciation by voting for Democrat candidates in upcoming elections.  Democrats are willing to ignore current immigration laws for that simple reason. Does it make any sense to have immigration laws if we are not willing to enforce them? Of course it doesn’t.  Why don’t we just declare our immigration policy to be “come one, come all” so that we are at least honest about it?  Or — and here’s a possible solution we haven’t tried yet — let’s make sure that all illegal immigrants are given a train ticket to Chicago or to Washington, DC. Maybe if millions of illegal immigrants show up where breaking the law is already rampant (as in Chicago, Obama’s home town), or start finding places to live where they might end up living near our senators or representatives, we’ll start seeing some real enforcement of current immigration laws.  Better yet, let’s just add Chicago and Washington, DC to the list of sanctuary cities…that will sure get a response when the situation gets totally out of hand.




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