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Record #: R2017-217   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 3/29/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Call for Office of Budget and Management to provide information regarding federal grants appropriated for law enforcement related expenditures and Department of Law to initiate investigation of any federal fund withholdings
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Solis, Daniel
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Attachments: 1. R2017-217.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; and
WHEREAS, in fulfillment of that duty, the City of Chicago ("City") enacted a law to ensure that access to its services, opportunities, and protection is unfettered by the immigration status of its residents; and
WHEREAS, that law, set forth in Chapter 2-173 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, dictates the circumstances under which City agents and agencies may communicate with federal immigration enforcement agents; and
WHEREAS, this regulation strives to keep City agencies from expending time and resources to act solely as a conduit to federal agents if verifying immigration status and federal immigration law enforcement are the sole or primary objectives; and
WHEREAS, the United States Attorney General recently announced that a local government's failure to communicate the immigration status of detainees in its custody will result in withholding and withdrawal of federal funds for law enforcement; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Attorney General coupled that announcement with a caution that state, city, and county policies of not enforcing immigration laws make these cities and states less safe; and

WHEREAS, violent crime is a paramount public safety matter and federal immigration law enforcement and reform is a vital public policy matter; and
WHEREAS, conflating the two matters perpetuates the nefarious sentiment that the immigrant population is a criminal population, and basic humanity dictates that we separate the discourse; and

WHEREAS, effective approaches to address both violent crime and immigration must be targeted to each issue; and

WHEREAS, efforts and resources that...

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