Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t cowed by the Trump administration’s threats to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities. Emanuel plans to file suit against the administration on Monday on the grounds that such an action is unconstitutional. The policy, he believes, is intended specifically to coerce cities into giving greater access to federal immigration officials inside detention centers (among other things), and that that coercion is illegal.
He said, specifically:
We’re not going to actually auction off our values as a city, so Monday morning the city of Chicago is going to court, we’re going to take the Justice Department to court based on this.
We find it unlawful and unconstitutional to be, as a city, coerced on a policy.”
The Justice Department, of course, responded in a manner that’s already become typical of the delusions under which this administration labors:
In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk.”
Oh, please. Really? The DOJ should know better than this. Chicago has a severe gang problem, and the Trump administration repeatedly links it to undocumented immigrants. The thing is, there’s zero proof that there’s a link between Chicago’s violence and undocumented immigrants. There’s no demonstrable link between the rate of violent crimes and undocumented immigrants in any major city. The DOJ’s statement here is so ignorant it’s a wonder that they even put it out. We can’t have a Department of Justice that would rather push Trump’s talking points than do its job.
Trump and his lemmings are using Chicago’s violence to score political points with their base and with the anti-immigration conservatives in Congress. That’s all this is.
One inconvenient fact that this administration refuses to acknowledge is that undocumented immigrants can help police solve crimes. They won’t come forward with what they know if they fear deportation for it, which actually makes cities less safe, not more.
The funny thing is that Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department are willing—even eager—to work with the Trump administration on reducing violent crime. But Trump is all talk – trying to push his agenda by using Chicago’s police officers “as political pawns in a debate.” He hasn’t offered or worked with Chicago on real solutions.
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