Amidst the spat between Texas and the federal government over the state’s attempts to raise border barriers and implement its own anti-illegal immigration policies, law enforcement officers across the country, particularly in the vicinity of sanctuary cities, are raising the alarm about what one police chief referred to as “migrant criminal activity.”
That was Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis, a police chief in the Chicago area who recently released a statement on six migrants being arrested for theft from a Macy’s. In the statement he argued that such crimes have increased significantly in recent months and are a “real problem” from the community, a Chicago-area suburb.
Chief Strockis said, “I believe that six felony arrests in one day illustrates that migrant criminal activity is a real problem. The amount of these types of arrests that we have had in the last couple of months is significant and would be taxing for any police department. We are well prepared to continue our enforcement efforts and I can assure you that there are easier places to commit these crimes than Oak Brook or DuPage County. I want to thank our officers and Macy’s Loss Prevention agents for their vigilance in protecting our community. I also want to thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for their continued assistance and guidance on these cases.”
Similarly, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said, “I want to assure the public that in DuPage County we are one hundred percent committed to protecting our retail establishments, their employees and patrons. The arrest and prosecution of these six defendants once again sends the clear message that if people continue to steal, my office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to hold them accountable. Contrary to popular belief, retail theft is not a victimless crime, causing significant financial hardship to businesses and their employees which results in higher prices for shoppers and loss of investment and tax revenue for entire communities. I commend the Oak Brook Police Department for their work apprehending the defendants in these cases, as well as for their ongoing efforts in protecting our residents and businesses alike. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alexandria Levan, Michael Pingaj and Andrew Poncer for their work in securing charges against these six defendants.”
Chicago isn’t the only sanctuary city dealing with such “migrant criminal activity” incidents. Joining the fray in a big way is New York City, the Rotten Apple, where numerous illegal immigrants were just caught attacking police officers, but then were released without bail and fled the state.
Commenting on the situation in a post on X, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York said, “The video released last night capturing the assault of two NYPD officers by a group of illegal migrants in Times Square is infuriating and a horrifying example of why Mayor Adams needs to stop misinterpreting ‘Right to Shelter’ and put an end to our city’s migrant crisis once and for all. Citizens should not be paying to house ingrates who are wreaking havoc in our city.”
Continuing, she said, “But instead, the Mayor continues forcing New York City taxpayers to house and provide free services for these thugs, who took advantage of New York’s botched bail law and were released right back onto the street after this attack. As migrants continue to commit crimes all over our city, including murder, stabbings, robberies, prostitution and assault, the city is refusing to cooperate with federal detainer and deportation requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Republicans, Democrats & Independents should, at the very least, be able to agree that migrants who assault our police or commit crimes in our country should be deported immediately and have any future immigration application denied.”
She also commented on X about how Democrat policies are, in her view, incentivizing illegal immigration. She wrote, “The shocking facts I discuss here can all be REVERSED if Biden undid his reckless Executive Orders, if @SenSchumer would PASS our border security bill, & if @GovKathyHochul & @NYCMayor would STOP incentivizing illegal migration with free housing, food, education and health care. Until Democrats wake up to the devastating reality of this crisis they created, Americans are going to suffer.” Watch her dive into those issues here:
Joining her in complaining about the state of things in New York, a frustrated New York City police officer told the New York Post, “We have a hard enough time going after actual New Yorkers committing crime. Now we have to deal with a whole different subset of people who arrive here with no means of support, no legal means of working or opportunity.”
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