Cheap Seats 2017
Rahm Rage - 08/16
By Rich Trzupek
The City of Chicago recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department over the Trump administration’s policy of withholding Federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities”.
“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime fighting resources.”
At issue is Chicago’s participation in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, which provides money to local governments to buy police vehicles and other equipment. The Trump administration recently made awarding the grant money contingent on municipalities provide the legally required 48-hour notice to federal law enforcement before releasing an illegal alien from custody.
One cannot help but wonder what “values” Emanuel was referring to. Does he value the legal immigration process? Does he value open borders? Given that Chicago has become the murder capital of the nation, how much value does he place on human life?
But most of all, does the Mayor value the rule of law? Because that’s what we’re talking about. Is Rahm one of those people who believe that the rule of law does not matter when it comes to immigration because our immigration standards are bigoted?
There is a misperception among many on the left and their media allies that legal immigration is primarily a “whites only” affair. That’s simply not the case.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 1 million people per year achieve permanent resident status in the United States. Of these about forty percent come from Asian nations, about forty percent. come from Hispanic majority nations in Central America and the Caribbean and about ten percent. come from African nations. Immigrants from South America, Europe and Oceania make up the remaining ten percent. Clearly, there is no “white privilege” inherent to our legal immigration system.
Moreover, Emanuel’s crocodile tears about losing the Byrne grant money are so much hog-wash. For Chicago, the grant amounts to about 3.2 million dollars per year. Chicago’s police department budget exceeds 1.5 billion dollars per year. Thus, Rahm is whining about a loss of less than 0.5 percent of his police department’s revenue. It would not surprise me at all to find that Rahm spends more than 3.2 million dollars per year keeping the machine’s precinct captains happy.
The term “sanctuary city” is great branding. It sounds noble, caring and understanding. But, that image has nothing to do with what many sanctuary cities have become. They are lawless cities, where – despite liberal claims to the contrary – residents are less safe compared to cities that honor the rule of law.
And no city is more lawless these days than Chicago. On a per capita basis, Chicago is and has been a more dangerous place to live than Baghdad. Between the murders, the inflated tax rates and the overall corruption of the Democratic machine, people are fleeing the Windy City in record numbers.
Many, including me, believe Chicago is entering a Detroit-like economic death spiral. I would hate to see that happen to the town I grew up in. But with a moron like Emanuel at the helm, there doesn’t appear to be any avoiding it.