Center for Immigration Studies fellow says Emanuel flirting with prosecution for his stance on ICE policies
Dan Cadman thinks Tom Homan may have had Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in mind when he recently said political leaders who institute policies obligating law enforcement officers to release illegal immigrant criminals back into the community, as opposed to turning them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, should face arrest and prosecution.
“Rahm Emanuel has been more than extreme in the way he has consistently presented his views on immigration in Illinois,” Cadman, a fellow for the Center of Immigration Studies and a retired official with ICE and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, recently told the Prairie State Wire. “He certainly falls into the category of a man willing to defy federal immigration law. That’s been somewhat surprising given his long background in federal government.”
Homan, the acting director of ICE, recently went public with his stance, which Cadman said is largely fueled by his frustration with political leaders obstructing police at every turn from cooperating with ICE officials as stipulated by federal guidelines.
As for the potential case against Emanuel, Cadman said justifying potential charges against him would best be viewed and assessed on a case by case basis.
“The devil is in the details,” he said. “They would be tied to the release of a particular illegal alien into the community and the question of if police had their hands tied behind their backs due to laws presented by the mayor and his office or the City Council.”
Cadman said he sees no reason why politicians should be held to a lesser standard than anyone else where the violation of federal immigration laws are concerned.
As for the charges Emanuel might face, Cadman said a few possibilities come to mind. “Harboring or shielding criminals is a possibility,” he said. “Or, you could see a charge that falls under violations of the same federal protections that cover aliens who are found to be here in the country without authority.”