In a speech October 29 at the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President Trump called out host city Chicago and the state of Illinois’ status as sanctuary cities:
“The most dangerous and shameful attacks on the rule of law comes from and in the form of sanctuary cities.”
Trump further called Chicago a haven for criminals that is “embarrassing to us as a nation” under the leadership of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who refused to attend Trump’s speech in protest of the president’s immigration policies.
Trump said that local law enforcement should work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to combat crime. Following his speech, Trump signed an executive order creating the Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The new commission will study key issues facing law enforcement and identify ways to combat gun violence.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted,
“It’s no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago. Luckily, in this city, we know the truth and we will not let anyone — no matter how high the office — denigrate who we are as a people or our status as a welcoming city.”
Prior to Trump’s speech, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzer said:
“I stand foursquare against his racist, xenophobic style of leadership. His rhetoric and his actions that are racist, xenophobic homophobic and misogynistic.”
Pritzker recently signed a bill prohibiting local and state law enforcement agencies from participating in a program that would deputize officers with certain immigration ICE enforcement powers.
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