Stupid Immigration Quote of the Week – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

The good news in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton is negotiating with Cook County in an effort to get the county to honor federal immigration detention requests.

In late September 2011, Cook County (a ‘Sanctuary County’ for illegal aliens since 2006) suspended its cooperation with ICE and passed an ordinance that ‘ordered’ the sheriff’s office to ignore ICE detainers for illegal aliens who had committed a crime and to allow the release of criminal aliens once they had posted bail. The Cook County board used the expense of holding suspected illegal immigrants as its excuse to rescind its agreement with ICE.

However, ICE director John Morton in a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle offered to pick up the cost of holding the criminal aliens until ICE agents can show up to remove them. Additionally, Morton said that any detainees would be picked up on the same day the criminal alien posts bail.

While Ms. Preckwinkle has agreed to meet with Morton to discuss this matter, her comment regarding this important policy is enough to leave anyone who seeks to uphold and enforce this country’s laws speechless:

“What is troubling to me … is a policy which treats people differently under the law solely based on their immigration status.”

Her statement should be offensive to U.S. citizens and to all legal immigrants who sometimes wait up to ten years going through the proper channels to become legal citizens of this country. Additionally, these criminal aliens will not be treated differently under the law for the charges against them in Cook County. Moreover, Cook County routinely honors detainers from other law enforcement departments that seek detainers on people in their custody.

And yes, people who cross our borders illegally should be deported for breaking our immigration laws.

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    Unlike skin color, status as an illegal immigrant is a choice so why should they be protected from deportation? How is the law discriminating with treating legal citizens and illegal immigrants the same way on detention? If we treated our illegals the same way Mexico treats theirs, we wouldn’t have such a large illegal population. And for the record, there are 12 million illegals in California alone.

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    Sure looks like that, after the Debt-Spender-In-Chief is given his walking papers this November, the next administrations Attorney General, ought to initiate a criminal investigation of Federal Border law interference by certain local public officials (say, in the state of Illinios amgonst a few others)?
    When oath-takers who swear to uphold the Constitution openly violate the U.S. Constitution, an example just has to be set.

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    James V. Burnette on

    We should start putting a “value added tax” on these people that support illegals and hire illegals in this country. That might take some of the load off taxpayers that are now paying some $150 billion a year or more to support the illegals that are in this country. As long as we don’t punish the “legal” citizens in this country for allowing illegals here to line their pockets with profits the longer this problem will exist. It we, in this country, didn’t buy and use drugs in mass quanties we would not have the drug cartels in Mexico and South America lined up at our border.

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    Liberal, basically crooked, democRAT politicians like Ms. Prickwrinkle can personally negate any laws passed by the State or even Federal governments by simply neglecting to enforce them. I assume that Ms. Prickwrinkle was elected to her position as a county board member by the voters. However, I doubt that Ms. Prickwrinklses position as board president was a decision made by any but the board, itself. It may not change Cook Countys enforcement of the law, but pressure uniformly applied to all board members may result in Ms Prickwrinkles removal as president.
    Go to it, Chicago !

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    Our president and his family CRAVE LUXURY…so ” go Mexico on your next vacation.” We want all those admirable Mexicans here, that we can get. They have a lot to offer. And they’re very peaceful.

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    Dave Francis on

    The Obama administration crushing state sovereignty

    In the battling border state of Arizona where illegal immigration was one of the major voter concerns, the presidential candidates who “drove” the E-Verify issue benefited easily. After last week’s debate, Mitt Romney kept up the momentum and one the prize. Other than Ron Paul, the three have been supporting the national mandatory E-Verify (H.R.2885) through the campaign. But Romney, former Massachusetts Governor in last week’s significant debate made sure the voters knew his statement by emphasizing the strong aspect of the “Legal Workforce Bill” standpoint.

    Currently with people worried about their jobs, it’s not at all astonishing; that exit polling established that Arizona voters were mainly troubled in regards to illegal immigration that had been strongly introduced by Romney, who they recognized as “the mandatory E-Verify candidate.” The poll results should caused every candidate of every party for every office, whether Governor, Mayor or further elected official to consider being the “E-Verify candidate” in their race. While Romney had long been predictable to win Arizona, polling showed his lead was narrowing until last week’s debate performance when promoting federal E-Verify. This has drawn verbal torment from the other side, even though crowing that he would stumble by offering the attributes of this business hiring program.

    But a new national poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research that the Left oriented media to be gibberish. The poll revealed that wide spread majorities of virtually every type of American voter support mandatory E-Verify. It also acknowledged that “the political core” of Independents and Moderates is about as delighted with national E-Verify as Republicans and Conservatives (Tea Party). Reacting to this survey even Democrats and Liberals are not poles apart on this issue.

    Whatever the Liberal Progressives rhetoric might be, the majority of Americans are not racist and the fact that at TEA PARTY chapters you will find a mix of Blacks, White, Hispanic, Asians and people from the Pacific Rim that fully determines the attitude of the American people towards illegal immigration control. More outspoken are people from every religious denomination, race who have entered this country through legal channels and are extremely unsympathetic to those who have jumped the line

    When debating last week, the Moderator tried to tempt Romney into a confrontation of how Hispanics and other minorities saw his immigration enforcement for America.

    Instead of being drawn into the harsh classification of Deportations and the border fence, Romney cleverly replied, “the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one. I’ll also complete the fence. I’ll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.
    And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they’re going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes. You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It’s time we finally did it.”

    If you really want the facts about the illegal alien occupation, the REAL border fence, Chain Migration, Sanctuary Cities, Deportation, “foothold Babies” the Backdoor Amnesty, Contagious diseases the Vendetta by Eric Holders Department of Justice suing Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina, Indiana and many other problem that is causing Americas unnecessary pain and anguish, then you need to view the uncensored pages, not suppressed by the Leftist media at (Google) AMERICAN PATROL. For information about the dishonesty, profiting in Washington and the state congressional seats of power, check the web pages of the (Google) JUDICIAL WATCH.

    Go read the statistics that in Arizona, Alabama where they are operating policing laws are leaving and the employment rate for citizens and legal residents is rising considerably. Foreign nationals are packing their stuff and turning up in less oppressive states like California and Nevada, with Liberal legislators.

    Does anybody have legitimate excuses for the numbers of American contractors, who have lost their businesses, because their occupational competition has used illegal immigrants at a lower bidding price for jobs? Across the country hundreds of thousands of small businesses have lost their incomes, because in residential construction, such as roofers, drywall installers, painter’s even electricians have used this type of cheap labor? Eventually unable to compete they have even been forced to drop their lawful workers, or make the painful decision of looking for day laborers or lesser skilled foreigners? An awful “Catch 22” situation by years of neglect to enforce immigration laws by uninterested administrations. Farmers and other industries have legally hired, guest workers, but what the general public is unaware of they pay nothing towards hospital visits or the children’s education. That again, is a financial taxpayer’s weight to contend with. States get nothing for these unfunded mandates, as it is a dollar seed that is still growing.

    We can win this battle if we all start a harassment campaign against Lawmakers, senior officials who are supposed to defend this country. The country is drowning in red ink and illegal immigration has roots in this growing problem. As a nations people we should stand with our fellow workers and demand mandatory E-Verify. This will make businesses accountable for using cheap labor and lowering wages, in the name of filling their pockets with your cash, while the U.S. taxpayer are forced to cover the cost of health care, education and the bloated prison system through the courts unfunded mandates. Contact your Senator or House member and insist they not only sponsor mandatory E-Verify, but also the “Birthright citizenship bill.” Both have their place in stringent enforcement.

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    sharon r diaz on

    When comments like this are made makes you wonder what type of screening has been completed prior to this individual getting into office. I will never understand how illegal persons that just come here for the handouts are given more rights than citizens.