U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) says President Trump’s plans to target millions of immigrants with his deportation force is “cruel and heartless.”

The details of the plan, provided by the Department of Homeland Security will broaden the scope of individuals targeted for deportation, Schakowsky says, and that “will tear more families apart – in some cases leaving American children without their parents.”

She says she has cosponsored the Protecting Our Border Communities Act and the Community Trust Act to push back against the President’s deportation plans, and that she will “fight any efforts in Congress to fund these inhumane orders.”

“In these troubling times, it is more important than ever for immigrants, their loved ones, and all those who will stand up for their neighbors – regardless of immigration status – to know their rights under the law,” Schakowsky says. “I am distributing materials to educate my constituents about their rights, and I encourage this information to be shared throughout our community.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Couldn’t Agree More

      I couldn’t agree with you more.  Jan has been a steady, strong voice for our most vulnerable citizens: immigrants, our seniors, the differently abled, the economically disadvantaged and most recently, the transgendered youth who just want to use the bathroom without fear of being attacked or bullied.  I don’t agree with Jan about everything (nobody agrees with anyone else about everything) but about this there can be no question.  Let’s all try to remember what real leadership looks like when we cast our votes in the current election and in the 2018 mid-terms.  Progress requires Progressives to lead it.

  1. Why does Jan care so much for criminal illegal aliens?

    So Jan Schakowsky is against deporting criminal illegal aliens? President Trump’s new guidelines do not change the law, but merely enforces immigration statutes that Obama refused to enforce with an emphasis on deporting back to their country illegal aliens with a criminal record.

    Obama deported an estimated 2.5 million illegal immigrants in his second term but Schakowsky didn’t care about that. Why?

    Schakowsky’s hysteric response to enforcing our immigration laws is a scare tactic to rouse her liberal base.

    Chicago homicides are exceeding last year’s, which was the highest in 20 years. What is Jan doing about that? Anyone care to ask? 

    It seems Schakowsky is more concerned about illegal aliens than America citizens. Why is that?

    1. C’mon Al

      Al–let me begin as I always do by encouraging you to come out of the shadows and own your opinions.  I signed my name, the original commentator signed hers and you should have the courage to do the same.  Turning now to substance–you are dead wrong there too.  The Obama administration was actually very tough on undocumented immigrants who had committed violent crimes.  The Trump enforcement policies allow for the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose only crime is being undocumented.  Certainly you see the problem there.  Virtually every law enforcement expert who has weighed in on this subject agrees that Trump’s plan does NOTHING to keep us safer and will actually have negative impacts on society and the economy.  And lastly, as a first generation American and proud son of an immigrant mother who would have been gassed along with the rest of my family had she not been able to immigrate to the United States from Germany in 1938, I would be happy to meet with you face to face and have you explain to me why you believe that would have been the right outcome.  Just name a time and a place and I will be there because I am not afraid to defend my opinions and I am certainly not afraid of someone who spews hatred from behind the curtain of a pseudonym.

      1. C’mon Neal

        Come out of the shadows? Why does it matter if you hang a real name on my posts?

        Oh yeah, so you can ignore the merits of my opinion and attack me personally.

        President Trump’s policies is deportation of illegal aliens with a criminal arrest or conviction. Stop the hysterics.

        Deporting criminals makes us safer — common sense.

        There is not a consensus from “law enforcement experts” that President Trump’s enforcement of our immigration laws won’t keep us safer. More hysterics and nonsense.

        Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%. Those astounding numbers were compiled by the Government Accountability Office using official Department of Justice data on criminal aliens in the nation’s correctional system.

        In 2014, ICE removed 315,943 criminal illegal immigrants nationwide, 85 percent of whom had previously been convicted of a criminal offense. But that same year, ICE released onto U.S. streets another 30,558 criminal illegal immigrants with a combined 79,059 criminal convictions including 86 homicides, 186 kidnappings, and thousands of sexual assaults, domestic violence assaults and DUIs. In Illinois, where state prisons house 46,993 inmates, some 3,755 are illegal immigrants, according to Illinois Department of Corrections figures. Once again, state officials do not compile figures for county jails, although a Cook County official estimated that nearly 6 percent were illegal immigrants.

        It is NOT “spewing hatred” to expect our laws to be enforced. But that’s how your side argues – it’s hatred when you want immigration laws to be enforced. And you expect us to engage in civil discourse?

        And you really showed your true colors suggesting that somehow I would believe the “right outcome” of your mother and your family would have been to not immigrate to the United States but rather be gassed in Germany. That’s how you liberals roll – make things up and demonize those you disagree with. I am sure your mother and your family came here legally. But hey why stay on point when you can just make things up with grossly false and insulting accusations. 

        I have family members who fought in the battlefield against Nazism, fascism and imperial Japan. The way things have been going in the past month with all the hysterics of “resistance, “he’s not my president” and those who voted for President Trump are “a basket of deplorables…racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic”, a good argument can be made that my generation is fighting facism right here at home.

        How can you expect me to engage in conversation with you when you want me to “explain” why I “believe” it “would have been the right outcome” if your mother and the rest of your family were not able to immigrate to the United States but rather be gassed in Germany? 

        I mean, really? C’mon Neil.

  2. Poor ol’ Anonymous Al

    Poor ol’ Anonymous Al with his cry for deportation.  Illegal residency doesn’t necessarily mean illegal behaviors in the social setting.  Whatever illegals live around me seem to add much to my neighborhood and my wellbeing.   And they have families that need to be kept intact!

    1. Statistics for illegal alien crime

      The statistics for illegal alien crime and welfare usage is much higher than for non-illegal.  The left wants illegals because they vote Democrat.  Additionally, the left does not perceive any need to prefer americans over aliens for benefits. 

    2. Don’t split up families

      Deportation shouldn’t mean splitting up families. Resources should be allocated to transport minor children with their parents if their parents are being repatriated in their home country.

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