Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Dick Durbin had a heated exchange earlier today.
Durbin griped that the federal government was forcing Chicago to focus its efforts on immigration. Since they have become a sanctuary city, Chicago no longer receives certain federal funds. To the city’s detriment, this means there are no funds for technology that stops the gun violence.
On some days, Chicago’s fatalities due to gun violence rival war zones.
Durbin read a statement penned by Superintendent Eddie Johnson:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Undocumented immigrants are not driving violence in Chicago, and that’s why I want our officers focused on community policing and not trying to be immigration police.
Essentially, Durbin implied the federal government was wasting the CPD’s time. The Attorney General was having none of it.
I think the politicians cannot say that if you remove a violent criminal from America that’s illegally in the country — and he’s arrested by the Chicago police and put in the Chicago jail — that once they’re released, they shouldn’t be turned over to the federal ICE officer so they can be removed from the country. They were here, illegally, to begin with! Much less commit another crime! … How does that make the city of Chicago safer when you don’t remove criminals who are illegally in the country?
Sessions admitted that he wanted to give Chicago funding. The violence in the city is undeniably an eyesore for the United States. However, in order to do that, the city’s government needs to cooperate.
An illegal immigrant that is committing crimes in our country has absolutely no right to be in America. There should be no issues throwing him out. Sessions is simply asking for the CPD’s cooperation in these matters.
That makes us wonder. What gives, Senator Durbin?