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  • Calumet City, Illinois (2009)

  • Chicago, Illinois (2006)

  • Cicero, Illinois

  • Cook County, Illinois

  • Evanston, Illinois (changed 3/15/08 but still considered sanctuary)

  • Family of DUI Homicide Victim Steaming Mad Feds Failed to Deport Illegal Immigrant Killer
    February 17, 2012

    Michael Volpe, The Daily Caller

    Family members of a Chicago man killed in 2011 by a drunk driver are steaming mad at city officials for failing to bring the driver’s illegal immigration status to the attention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they first learned about it, four years ago.

    A 2008 police report shows local authorities learned Saul Chavez was an illegal immigrant following an unrelated arrest that year, but did nothing about it.

    On June 8, 2011, Chavez was driving drunk in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago when his car hit and killed long-time insurance agent Denny McCann, 66.

    Chavez"s blood-alcohol content was 0.29 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

    Witnesses said that on impact McCann cracked the windshield of Chavez"s 2002 Dodge Neon and then tumbled forward. But the driver tried to flee, running him over and dragging him 200 feet with the car. McCann died that night.

    Chavez was already a convicted drunk driver when he ran down McCann, and a police report obtained by the Daily Caller shows that he told police during a Sept. 20, 2008 DUI arrest that he was in the United States illegally.

    The report also reveals that when Chicago Police asked Chavez for his license and vehicle registration that night, Chavez responded, "I live in Chicago on Kedzie [Street]. I don"t have a driver"s license because I don"t have papers.” (RELATED: Read the 2008 police report)

    McCann"s family members say police should have turned Chavez over to ICE, the federal agency responsible for enforcing immigration law. Had ICE been called, they argue, Denny McCann would be alive today.

    Instead, Denny is dead and Chavez is on the run. He fled after posting bail last year and law enforcement agencies have not located him.

    In addition to his Chicago residence, Chavez has an address near Mexico City.

    TheDC spoke exclusively with family spokesman Brian McCann, Denny"s brother.

    "I can think of at least twenty people that knew that Chavez was illegal and didn"t say anything to ICE,&rdquo said Brian McCann. "We as a family want those responsible to take responsibility for failing to report him to ICE, but we don"t expect that to happen.&rdquo

    McCann said he hopes public officials who failed to notify ICE of Chavez"s illegal immigration status will issue a public apology and acknowledge their role in his brother"s death.

    That group, he said, includes everyone who saw the arrest report: the arresting officer, his superiors, the Cook County State"s Attorney"s Office, the Cook County Probation Department, and probation Judge William T. O"Brien. They all, McCann told TheDC, had a responsibility to report Chavez to ICE.

    Chavez spent 17 months going in and out of Judge O"Brien"s court room between his 2008 conviction and February 8, 2011, when O"Brien signed off on Chavez"s successful probation completion. During that time, the police report documenting Chavez"s confession that he was undocumented was available to the judge, state"s attorney and the Department of Probation.

    But an ICE representative told The Daily Caller last month that the agency wasn"t made aware of Chavez"s existence until 2011, after he killed Denny McCann.

    Reached for comment, the office of Cook County State"s Attorney Anita Alvarez refused to accept any responsibility.

    In an email statement, a spokesperson wrote that "Notifying ICE is not the responsibility of the State"s Attorney"s office; you need to contact the Chicago Police Department or the Cook County Sheriff"s office regarding this issue.&rdquo
    Federal Officials Arrest 17 With Alleged Gang Ties
    Apr 20, 2009


    A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says the investigation's goal was to target foreign-born gang members and their associates in north and northwest Chicago suburbs.

    ICE special agent Gary Hartwig says gangs are a growing threat in areas including Aurora, Elgin, Hanover Park and Streamwood.

    ICE officials allege all the men are members of gangs including Boulevard Latin Kings, Latin Counts and Surenos-13.

    Of those arrested last week, 15 were illegal immigrants and two were permanent residents. The men have been placed in deportation proceedings.
    The arrests are part of ICE's Operation Community Shield.
    Chicago immigration march: Advocates for illegal immigrants to push for reforms
    March in Chicago Loop is set for May 1 and advocates seek legislation
    By Antonio Olivo | Tribune reporter, April 1, 2009

    In what has become an annual rite of spring, immigrant advocates announced plans Tuesday for another march through downtown Chicago on May 1 to push for federal reforms on behalf of those in the country illegally.
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    By Dennis Sullivan for the Chicago Tribune, February 19, 2009


    Vote posed to limit immigrant inquiries

    Ald. Edward Gonzalez (1st Ward) predicted that by spring the City Council will vote to prohibit local police from asking about the Immigration status of people committing, witnessing or reporting crimes.

    "We don't want to see families broken up because of Immigration," Gonzalez said in support of such an ordinance at last week's council meeting. Similar measures have been adopted in Chicago and Cook County, said Gonzalez, an Illinois State Police officer running for re-election.

    The council unanimously voted to send the proposal to committee. Before the vote, resident Domingo Hernandez warned that such ordinances "allow these illegals a home and tie the government's hands."

    Gonzalez said he expects the council's Ordinances and Resolutions Committee to prepare the ordinance by April. Earlier in the meeting, Joe Del Real, who is challenging incumbent Ald. Magdalena "Leni" Wosczynski for the 2nd Ward seat, and resident Maria Perez called for a local ordinance protecting undocumented immigrants.
    Immigration Sweep Puts ‘Gang Members" Behind Bars
    By Deborah Horan for the Chicago Tribune, May 26, 2008

    Authorities say a federal operation northwest of Chicago this week netted dozens of undocumented immigrants with ties to street gangs.

    Officials say the four-day effort involved police and sheriff’s departments in municipalities from Addison to Belvidere. The detainees include 48 Mexican nationals and a Guatemalan.

    Gail Montenegro is a spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She says all but seven of those arrested have criminal histories and all but two have ties to violent groups.
    Waukegan, Carpentersville still awaiting training for immigration enforcement - Mayors are frustrated with federal program, and one calls it 'window dressing'
    By Deborah Horan for the Chicago Tribune, May 26, 2008

    Months after applying for federal training to deport undocumented immigrants, the mayors of Waukegan and Carpentersville say they suspect the controversial program is plagued by such a lack of funding and political will in Washington that it might never come to their towns.

    Neither municipality has heard from the federal agency charged with providing the training, the mayors said, though they applied more than 10 months ago. The Lake County sheriff's office, which applied in December, has received cameras to link the jail to federal Immigration courts, but nothing else, Sheriff Mark Curran said.
    Wedding derailed by immigration arrest - Thousands to rally for reform Thursday after groom-to-be picked up at O'Hare Airport
    BY MIKE THOMAS for the Chicago Sun-Times, April 30, 2008

    It was going to be a matrimonial blowout: lots of food, scores of guests and even a mariachi band.

    But two days before Fernando Lara Flores, 26, was due to wed his fiancee, Lucia Rodriguez, at St. Cletus Parish in La Grange, he was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at O'Hare Airport while waiting to pick up his grandmother and father. They'd flown in from Guadalajara, Mexico, for the celebration.

    While Chicago passed an immigrant sanctuary ordinance in 2006, O'Hare is under federal jurisdiction. Flores is now in a McHenry County federal detention center awaiting his fate.

    "He's so scared right now," says his sister, 28-year-old Monica Lara, who has talked with Flores several times by phone. "He's so negative. He says he doesn't want anything. He just wants to go back to Mexico."
    Son of deported immigration rights activist back in Chicago
    AP, April 27, 2008

    CHICAGO - A nine-year-old boy who lived at a Chicago church with his mother for a year as she sought to avoid deportation is back in town.

    Saul Arellano has been living in Mexico with his mother, Elvira, since she was deported last year. The pair lived inside Adalberto United Methodist Church on Chicago's West Side. Elvira Arellano, who was in the country illegally, was deported shortly after she left the church and traveled to Los Angeles.

    Saul Arellano was born in the United States and is a citizen. He returned to the church Sunday for a special service and is scheduled to participate in the May First march for immigrant rights.

    His mother says she sent him to represent all families separated because of U.S. immigration law.
    A large silence on illegal immigration
    By Charles F. Falk for the Daily Herald, April 24, 2008

    Boy, am I relieved. I must have been "sleeping at the switch" lately because I just realized our national leaders have solved a problem that has been bugging me for a long time.

    I am among those who have been concerned about the endless flow of illegal immigrants moving freely across our borders each day.

    I used to worry that among the erstwhile innocents searching for economic opportunity there could be terrorists intending us harm.

    I used to worry too that the illegals, once in our country's "sanctuary cities," caused too many additional crimes and drained the resources of our schools, hospitals and welfare agencies.
    Immigration controversy roils Evanston City Council - Officials OK revised non-binding measure after dropping language that angered some residents
    By Steve Bauer for the News-Gazette, March 30, 2008

    A series of arrests last month by immigration officials at a Champaign mobile-home park had a family – including three children – afraid, confused and without electricity.

    Federal agency officials, immigration advocates and an immigration attorney all agree that immigrants need to know their rights in such a situation.

    Very few immigrants know what to do when confronted by immigration agents, said Pedro Gaytan, a paralegal with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
    Immigration controversy roils Evanston City Council - Officials OK revised non-binding measure after dropping language that angered some residents
    By Deborah Horan for the Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2008

    Evanston's City Council this week backed away from instructing police and government workers to not ask about a person's immigration status and dropped language calling illegal immigration foes racist after a controversial resolution to create a so-called sanctuary city angered some residents.

    Instead, the nine-member council unanimously passed a non-binding resolution Monday that calls on the city to reaffirm its commitment to the "humane" treatment of immigrants and appeals to the federal government to provide a road to legalization for undocumented immigrants, among other pleas.

    The original draft resolution caused a furor in January because of language in the preamble that suggested those opposed to illegal immigration were racist
    Activists Seek More Immigration Debate
    AP, March 6, 2008

    CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — When officials in this suburban Chicago community began proposing hardline anti-illegal immigration policies last year, pro-immigrant rights activists rallied.

    Council meetings overflowed with thousands, mostly people who wanted to protest the proposed measures. Neighborhoods were canvassed with fliers. Coalitions formed to fight the policies.

    But months and many primaries later, pro-immigrant activists fear the attention paid to immigration reform has faded in Illinois and other non-border states, even in communities like Carpentersville — where more than 40 percent of 37,000 residents are Hispanic.
    14th Congressional District opponents spar on immigration - Foster seeks guest worker tax that Oberweis says encourages illegal hiring
    By James Kimberly for the Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2008

    Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster proposed an "impact fee" for companies that hire people who enter the U.S. illegally and then become guest workers - - an idea Republican foe Jim Oberweis blasted as a tax to allow businesses to break the law.
    Mexican President's Visit To Chicago Tinged With Controversy
    By NBC 5 - Chicago, February 12, 2008

    CHICAGO -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon came to Chicago on Tuesday, where he addressed a large crowd at a Little Village high school and briefly met with Mayor Richard M. Daley.