CIS Immigration Blog, August 10, 2017
As O'Malley and Sessions noted, Chicago is a city that is in the grip of a criminal crisis. According to DNAInfo.com, there have been 419 murders in Chicago thus far in 2017. In June 2017 alone, there were 2,517 violent crimes and 7,670 property crimes. In fact, in August 2016, the BBC published an article titled: "Violence in Chicago - in five shocking stats".
The question becomes, then, who is the constituency for Mayor Emanuel's position? Every city wants to be a "welcoming city", but most set limits on whom they will welcome. In fact, criminals are generally so "unwelcome" that we put certain classes of them in detention or confinement — the exact population of residents that DOJ wants access to. SWAT equipment and stun guns are, by definition, unwelcoming, yet Chicago has used JAG funds to purchase them.
There must, however, be some political advantage in this move. Rahm Emanuel did not earn the nickname "the Godfather" for nothing. He is a savvy politician who quickly rose to leadership positions in the House, before leaving to become President Obama's chief of staff. Whether those political advantages are purely local, or more national in scope, are unclear, and Emanuel is up for reelection (should he choose to run) in 2019.
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Chicago Sues Trump’s DOJ in Attempt to Have It Both Ways on Immigration
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the city to continue taking federal law-enforcement grants while refusing to enforce federal law. Common sense and legal precedent suggests he’ll lose his suit.
By Alexandra DeSanctis
National Review Online, August 9, 2017
Chicago’s suit argues that the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in NFIB v. Sebeliusprecludes the Justice Department from tying federal funding to law enforcement in this way, but the Court’s 1987 ruling in South Dakota v. Dolepaints a different picture. In it, the Court upheld the constitutionality of a statute that withheld federal funds from states that did not raise the drinking age to conform with federal law. Sessions is using a similar strategy: Allow cities to declare themselves sanctuaries, but use the common tactic of financial coercion to pressure them into changing their minds.
The city government intends to use $3.2 million in Byrne-JAG grants to purchase a fleet of new police vehicles. “Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Emanuel said. “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.”
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