No one would ever accuse Chicago politics of being a ‘clean game,’ after all, this is the same state where four of the last nine governors have gone from the Governor’s Mansion to the State of Illinois ‘Big House.’
But what the Cook County (Illinois) Board did in September goes well beyond what is expected as reasonable governance by our elected officials. Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia pushed a new policy aimed at ignoring federal detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and allowed suspected illegal immigrants who’d been jailed in misdemeanor or felony cases to make bond. Unsurprisingly, the new policy passed by a 10-5 vote.
The new policy, which is clearly pandering to open border special interest groups for their support and votes, has had a devastating impact on one Illinois family in particular. Back in early June an illegal alien by the name of Saul Chavez was charged with aggravated driving under the influence after hitting and then dragging an elderly man by the name of William McCann. The elderly man died due to his injuries.
Mr. Chavez, who recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.29 percent, should have been held and processed by ICE immediately, especially after already having been convicted of driving under the influence in 2009. But the new policy passed by the Board allowed him to be released on a bond before ICE had been warned. After missing a court date a warrant was issued for his arrest, but by then, it was too late. Mr. Chavez was gone, most likely back to Mexico.
There are many questions that remain unanswered: Why did the Cook County Board feel it necessary to pass such a policy in such a hurry, without so much as a debate? Did the Cook County Sheriff exercise all of his authority to deny bond to a suspect who was not positively identified? Was ICE notified by Cook County that the subject was posting bond? If so, the county could have slowed down the process so ICE had time to pick him up, or the county Sheriff was well within his rights to assist ICE by transporting the suspect to their holding facility. Once there, ICE has the option to hold him on the local charges.
Unfortunately, because in Cook County protecting the rights of illegal aliens comes ahead of the rights of everyone else, Mr. McCann’s family will not receive any justice for his murder.