Chicago leaders say there need to be more resources to fight gun violence, but the state’s sanctuary laws have stalled public safety grants, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Chicago violence has risen to a point where it has received the attention of President Donald Trump, who singled out the city last week.
“Bad stuff’s happening, and I guess you have to take it from the leadership, it’s called bad leadership,” Trump said. “There’s no reason in a million years that should be happening in Chicago.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that this year there have been at least 340 homicides.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner blasted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — for “fundamentally failing and failing horribly” at addressing violence and said the city needs more resources.
The Western Journal reported:
“One thing Trump’s administration has battled Chicago over is law enforcement grants from the federal government. Trump’s Department of Justice says Chicago isn’t enforcing federal immigration laws.”
“Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government’s immigration enforcement – enough is enough.”
Chicago was top on the list in a statement earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Justice “demanding the production of documents that could show whether each jurisdiction is unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.”
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R., Taylorville), said cities that don’t follow the law should not be rewarded.
“At the federal level, I voted to withhold funds from communities that don’t follow the law,” Davis said. “If you don’t like the law, let’s work together to change it.”