Brian McCann testified that without Congressional action “these sanctuary jurisdictions are going to get away with literally murder” before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
McCann said that after his brother, Denny was killed by Saul Chavez after Chavez hit McCann while driving under the influence, “ICE issued a detainer,” and “they assured us” there was “no way” Chavez would be able to post bond. However, the Cook County Board passed an ordinance, which according to his written testimony, “effectively requires the Sheriff to ignore detainers,” and the Sunday before Thanksgiving he received a call informing him that Chavez “posted bond and ran.” During the intervening weeks after Denny’s violent death Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and former mayoral candidate and Commissioner Jesus Garcia pushed for the ordinance and rammed it through on September 7, 2011. Two months later the killer made bail and absconded to Mexico.”
McCann added that Chavez was “prosecuted for a prior felony two years earlier, and he was put on probation. And ICE was never notified” because the Secure Communities program had just started.
He concluded, “All eyes are both the Senate and the House Judiciary Committee. I am convinced this is where resolution rests, because these sanctuary jurisdictions are going to get away with literally murder, passing these policies, and you guys gotta do it.”
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