Monday, January 16, 2012

Cook County, IL Sanctuary Policy "May Be Illegal"

Cook County, IL Sanctuary Policy "May Be Illegal"

Common sense is all it takes to figure out that sanctuary policies in the United States violate federal immigration law and is therefore illegal, but the federal immigration chief is still teetering on making a decision after Cook County, Illinois’ sanctuary policy paved the way for a suspect in a deadly drunken driving crash to bond out and disappear. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton wrote in a Jan. 4 letter to County Board President Toni Preckwinkle that the sanctuary ordinance preventing law enforcement officers from participating in the mandatory Secure Communities federal program “may also violate federal law,” in addition to, “undermining local public safety.”

Cook County, Illinois, became the focus of national media after Saul Chavez, 36, was charged with a deadly hit-and-run and fled after his family scraped together the $25,000 of the $250,000 bond necessary for his release. Chavez hasn’t been seen since even though immigration officials issued a “detainer” for him asking that the county jail notify the agency when the suspect posted bond, so that agents could pick him up for possible deportation proceedings.


Members of Congress are investigating yet another ‘Fast and Furious’-style gun-running operation that began at roughly the same time, was led by the same officials, and also put high-powered weapons into the hands of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels. Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declined to comment on whether any guns were lost in this operation, and are defending White Gun as a “well-managed investigation that produced three arrests and convictions.”

According to ATF documents, purchasers for the Sinaloa cartel wanted “the biggest and most extravagant firearms available” saying that if the undercover agent would bring them a tank, they would by it as they were working with a $15 million budget to spend on firearms. In a second incident in February 2010 at a Phoenix, AZ, warehouse, an undercover agent showed cartel members shoulder-launched missiles, rocket launchers and grenades for the small trade price of 11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine before other ATF agents moved in to arrest the cartel members.

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