Illinois Putting Violent Felons Into Communities Instead Of Giving Them To ICE

Holly Matkin

The Illinois governor is trying protect convicted felon illegal immigrants from deportation when they're released.

Springfield, IL – In an effort to create a “firewall” against President Donald Trump’s alleged “attacks on immigrant communities,” Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has backed out of an agreement to turn illegal immigrants over to immigration officials.

As a result, some violent felons facing deportation are now being released into local communities, the Associated Press reported.

Under Pritzker’s policy change, the Illinois Department of Corrections has stopped cooperating in efforts to transfer custody of inmates who have completed their sentences over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey and Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said during a press conference on Tuesday.

“This is just plain wrong,” Sheriff Downey said, according to The Southern Illinoisan. “These convicted felons do not deserve to be given a head start or assistance from the state of Illinois in evading our federal law enforcement partners.”

He noted that releasing convicted felons facing deportation will make communities less safe, WGN reported.

“This is unconscionable. Dangerous. And puts our most vulnerable citizens, our children, at risk,” said Sheriff Childress, who also heads the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association (ISA).

He said he is particularly concerned about convicted sex offenders.

“Individuals with no legal status in this country do not register on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. And if they flee Illinois, they don’t register themselves anywhere else, either,” Sheriff Childress declared. “We urge Governor Pritzker to reverse this policy.”

The sheriffs said that no one notified them about the policy change, which went into effect without their knowledge on Jan. 30, The Southern Illinoisan reported.

“I am dumbfounded that we had to learn that dangerous felons were simply being released into our county and into our community without notice, coordination or even a courtesy call to local law enforcement,” Sheriff Childress railed.

It is unclear how many illegal aliens have been released into the community so far, The Southern Illinoisan reported.

“Nobody knows where they are,” State Senator Chapin Rose told the paper. “That’s the problem.”

State Senator Jason Barickman said that the governor’s policy change is “radical,” WGN reported.

“It’s alarming to think that because of a change in policy that suddenly these types of individuals might be walking the streets and we might not even be aware of it,” Barickman told the Associated Press.

The senator called on Pritzker to “reverse this reckless policy” in order to ensure the public’s safety.

According to Sheriff Downey, 223 illegal aliens were transferred from the Department of Corrections to ICE detention in 2019, the Associated Press reported.

Eleven had been convicted of murder or attempted murder, 33 were convicted of a crime that involved a weapon, and over four dozen were convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault or abuse, to include offenses against children.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Chicago Director Robert Guadian said that the actual number of illegal aliens poised to benefit from Pritzker’s policy change is much higher.

“Now, about 400 convicted criminals per year — including felons who served time for crimes such as sexually abusing children and homicide – will be released into your community and into mine,” Guadian told the Associated Press. “I can think of no other state that protects convicted felons.”

The director said that the move “put politics ahead of public safety.”

“ICE will now have to make these arrests in the community when they should have been made in the secure confines of a jail,” he added.

So far, the backlash from law enforcement leaders has failed to sway Pritzker.

“The governor has made it abundantly clear that Illinois will be a firewall against the president’s attacks on immigrant communities,” the governor’s spokesperson, Jordan Abudayyeh told the Associated Press.

Abudayyeh said that the policy change is a “pause” in cooperation between the DOC and ICE to allow Pritzker and his staff to review the issue.

Several Republican lawmakers backed the ISA’s concerns about freeing violent illegal aliens into local communities, WGN reported.

As a result, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus labeled them as “racist.”

“While we have made tremendous progress to protect the civil rights of all Illinois residents, the Republican Party is falsely claiming that individuals that are a danger to the public are being released back into communities,” the caucus said in a statement. “This is a bigoted lie and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

On Tuesday, six senators signed off on a letter requesting a joint hearing of the Illinois Senate Criminal Law and the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal committee to hold a hearing on the issue.

“Time is of the essence,” the letter read. “As elected officials, the safety of our communities is our number one priority.”

Comments (39)
flybynight
flybynight

Got to protect those votes. *sarc

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

LEOs are under attack by Democrats.

So are simple law-abiding citizens who will be subjected to crimes committed by convicts who are released and should be deported instead.

Dems are so desperate, that they will allow violations of federal law, like this. They will endanger LEOs, as explained in the article. And as usual, they will call you racist if you support enforcing a law that has nothing to do with race.

It's all about votes, and power, for our elitist Liberals who desire to increase their personal paychecks at huge expense for some of the populace that they represent.

It's astonishing how many people endorse their policies. The Dems are determined to make this number grow. Not sure who is going to eventually win, but I'll put my money on Trump for the time being.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Well, they will probably go back into the Latino community and that in itself is more racist than speaking out.

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Last I heard, harboring a fugitive is a crime... Would the governor like to explain this before or after the handcuffs are put on?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Illinyork

Motor141
Motor141

Sure would be nice if the DOJ would start PROSECUTING these DEGENERATE POLITICIANS...so sick of this BULLSHIT! If this was you or I, we would be BURIED so deep under the PRISON it wouldn’t be funny...🤬😡🤬😡🤬!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

“As a result, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus labeled them as “racist.”

“While we have made tremendous progress to protect the civil rights of all Illinois residents, the Republican Party is falsely claiming that individuals that are a danger to the public are being released back into communities,” the caucus said in a statement. “This is a bigoted lie and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Yes, I guess they are. When you label murderers and child predators a danger to the community, and they just happen to be Latino illegal immigrants in most cases, I suppose it is bigoted of the Republican Party to take such a stance. Yeah Right!

Rickenbackerfan
Rickenbackerfan

Well, the idiots in this state ( Illinois) who voted in the fat, leftist bastard are now waking up to doubled gasoline taxes, much higher vehicle registration fees and numerous other government plunders of their pocketbooks. They can just add this to their plate of just desserts while many of us move the hell out to other states.

LEO0301
LEO0301

“I can think of no other state that protects convicted felons.” I think there maybe a few more like New Mexico, New York, California, Washington, and Maryland. These states care more about hindering Trump than they do protecting their own citizens. I think that says a lot about Democrats and TDS.

Dixiedamit2
Dixiedamit2

How quickly do you think his mind will change if/when something happens to him or a member of his family by one of these society's finest,newly released criminals....

Gramercy
Gramercy

Is this really about vets? I am appalled. Give them over to ICE and let's be done with them...back to their homes to figure out their lives...let us not have to pay for their obtaining education!

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

If someone breaks federal law they can be arrested (I think). Someone needs to grow some balls and do it. See what kind of crap storm that would start.

538 central K
538 central K

What the U. S. DOJ needs to do is, have federal warrants issued and executed on all chiefs, mayors, judges, governors.

Then shit will stop

BLT2020
BLT2020

Adding fuel to the fire. It’s not going to end well at all

TEllis
TEllis

And they wonder why crime rate is so high there, idiots

Stanracer
Stanracer

Nothing good will come of This!☹👎

merlin9
merlin9

Deny them Federal funding. See how they like that!

merlin9
merlin9

As for me and mine, we are armed and ready in Oklahoma

magnumforc
magnumforc

Start suing the State for every felony committed by these cretins. Only money seems to talk to these liberal asshats.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I thought the governor had to obey the law it's gonna take the feds to move in an correct this problem

pixiepup
pixiepup

How r they getting away with this. Making their own laws to suit whatever they want. What is the purpose of this. Putting your own community in danger! These illegal criminals don’t deserve breaks!

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Unfortunately Democrat voters will learn the hard way about the dangers of these Sanctuary policies. The sad fact it will cost many innocent American's lives before the left see the truth.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Left that f'd up state 2 years ago. One of the few wise things I've done in my life. Until the dummies in chiraq wise up and get rid of the head pod person, Madigan and all his a$$ kissers things will NEVER get better.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Systemic failure of the judicial process will result in vigilante lynchings, as We The People get sick of "the system" failing in its primary duty, and take the defense of ourselves, our families and our communities upon ourselves.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

This just makes a bad situation worse

HH3
HH3

Remove federal funds from them. Then see how quickly they change their tune!

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

I am constantly amazed at the number of politicians that enact these policies. How do they justify allowing this to the residents of these states? Do the people know or even care what's happening? It's sad and frightening to know that people are so blinded by their hate of our President that they allow this type of political bullshit to continue.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I live in St.Louis, I can't believe how close I am to that clown state.


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