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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sanctuary Plus: Chicago Passes We-Love-Illegals Resolution

Source: Legal Activists of Color (H/T Cheree)

Who needs laws anyway, right? Why don't we just do away with all laws and all law enforcement? Then we can completely descend into a chaotic, writhing mass of crime, poverty and racism.

It's not like we don't have a good head start.

As if being a long-standing sanctuary city for illegal aliens isn't enough, my city council passed this piece of crap this week. Unanimously.
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN END TO THE ESCALATION OF IMMIGRATION RAIDS, DEPORTATIONS AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES

Whereas the Mayor and City Council of Chicago are on record in support of comprehensive immigration reform that would provide legalization and a road to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in this city and this nation; and

Whereas, the Mayor and City Council of Chicago are on record in opposition to the separation of families by the enforcement of our current immigration laws and in support of the reunification of families that have been so separated, especially those “mixed status” families with U.S. citizen children of which there are an estimated four million children currently in this country; and

Whereas, the Mayor and City Council of Chicago are on record calling for a moratorium on deportations, especially of families with U.S. citizen children, until comprehensive immigration reform is finalized; and

Whereas, raids and deportations are increasing in scope and number in recent weeks and months, separating families; and

Whereas 17 individuals are currently being held in the Chicago Metropolitan area with excessive bonds including mothers with infant children and fathers who are the sole support of their families; and

Whereas, national political leaders such as Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts have called for congressional investigations of these raids especially in respect to the harm caused to children by the incarceration of sole caregivers; and

Whereas, the escalation of these raids and deportations comes at a time when congress is about to begin the debate on comprehensive reform and when the President has called for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform by August of this year; and

Whereas, Chicago is home to Elvira and Saulito Arellano who have taken sanctuary in a Chicago church for seven months in a courageous act of civil disobedience against current immigration laws which would separate U.S. citizen children from their parents;

NOW THEREFORE,

Be It Resolved that the Mayor and City Council of Chicago call on the President of the United States to to issue and executive order to cease and desist in the execution of all raids and deportations that do not relate to our national security or to criminal activity until comprehensive immigration reform is completed and to suspend immediately all deportations of parents with U.S. citizen children and to specifically release those now held in custody in the Chicago Metropolitan area on their own recognizance; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Mayor and City Council of Chicago urge the members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to support comprehensive immigration reform which ends the separation of families, promotes the reunification of families and provides legal status with a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented in this country; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Mayor and City Council of Chicago offers its moral encouragement to Elvira and Saulito Arellano and reaffirms its support for the introduction of a private bill which would grant her legal permanent resident status and allow her to stay with her U.S. citizen son; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Mayor and City Council of Chicago establish Sunday, April 29th, 2007, as Family Unity Day in Chicago and urges all residents to participate in a day of prayer, peaceful gathering and petitioning of their representatives for an end to the tragedy and suffering of the separation of families; and

Be It Further Resolved that suitable copies of this resolution be printed and presented to the President of the United States, to the members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, to both local and national officials of the Department of Homeland Security and to Ms. Elvira Arellano.

DANIEL S. SOLIS EDWARD BURKE
Alderman 25th Ward Alderman, 14th Ward

BILLY OCASIO MANUEL FLORES
Alderman, 26th Ward Alderman, 1st Ward

RICARDO MUNOZ
Alderman 26th Ward

APPROVED BY A VOTE OF 45 TO O
MARCH 13TH, 2007
*SIGH*

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