Posted by Tina
The left’s selective approach to standards and moral and civic responsibility can be perplexing. Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is a great example. Emanuel’s response to the Trump administration’s crack down on sanctuary cities, and the criminals and gangs they shelter, is a case in point:
According to Emanuel, stopping Chicago’s sanctuary policies would actually be a threat to public safety. Sanctuary city policies allow police to release illegal immigrants who have been accused of a crime even if ICE has issued a detainer against the immigrant.
“Our police department is built on the principles of community policing,” Emanuel said during a Monday interview on CNN. “We don’t want officers just patrolling the neighborhood but to be part of that neighborhood. … By forcing the police department to choose between the values of the city and the philosophy of the police department…I think it’s a false choice and it actually undermines our public safety agenda…”
His public safety agenda? How well is that agenda working out for the law abiding citizens of his city? The Chicago Tribune reported in February that homocides in Chicago were already higher than the previous year:
Homicides are now outpacing last year in Chicago after the city experienced its deadliest day so far this year, according to data kept by the Tribune. Seven people were shot to death on Wednesday, five of them killed over two hours, including a woman who was eight months pregnant and had already picked out a name for her baby. … Statistics from the Chicago Police Department are lower because it does not include shootings on city expressways, police-involved shootings and incidents police consider non-criminal, like justified shootings. But even the department’s numbers show this year is starting off as violently as last year. The department reported 379 shooting incidents this year, compared to 365 this time last year. It counted 91 homicides as of Wednesday night, compared to 93 the year before.
In April 0f 2016 Trey Gowdy spoke about the number of criminals that have illegally crossed our borders and are residing in our country:
“Today there are over 350,000 known criminal aliens in the United States who are not detained by ICE, 350,000,” Gowdy, the chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, said opening a hearing examining the victims of illegal immigrant crime. … Gowdy noted that, according to ICE, between October 2011 and December 2014, ICE released criminal aliens over 100,000 times. “According to ICE those released have been convicted of more than 10,000 assaults, more than 800 sexual assaults, more than 400 homicide-related offenses, and more than 300 kidnappings.”
Sanctuary cities offer undocumented criminals a safe haven. Even when local officers arrest them for crimes they are not turned over to ICE as federal law requires. By what legal and moral standards does the Mayor defend his “agenda” if it includes criminals from facing federal prosecution and deportation? An extremely loose legal and moral code, likely born of perceived political advantage, and propped up by a culture that refuses to make distinctions between criminals and law abiding people whether foreign or citizen. Ultimately such wobbly standards devolve into hapless and haphazard approaches to maintaining civility and order. The citizens of Chicago are the victims of such irresponsible governing whether they now it or not.
The city of Chicago is suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold funding for non-compliance of federal immigration laws. According to Judge Napolitano the suit will be thrown out since a lawsuit can only be filed after funds are withheld and not when there is simply a threat of withheld funds. Who knows, they might just find themselves an activist judge who allows the suit to go forward, it wouldn’t be the first time. At the very least they can produce a wasteful pain in the butt case for the taxpayer and it’s overworked court system. Rahm Emanuel’s selective enforcement policies work against the safety of the citizens of Chicago.