Rauner halts new Syrian refugees in Illinois


BY Monique Garcia and John ByrneContact ReportersChicago Tribune

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that Illinois will temporarily stop taking in new Syrian refugees, joining seven other Republican governors in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Rauner’s decision comes after officials said at least one of the Paris attackers entered Europe amid the recent influx of migrants from the war-torn country.

“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America,” Rauner said in a statement. “We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.”

Rauner said his office will “consider all of our legal options” as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security undergoes a review of acceptance and security processes.

Lavinia Limon, president and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigration, which helps place refugees in their new homes, said governors have no power to limit where a refugee can live after their entrance to the U.S. is granted by the federal government.

She questioned how states would enforce bans on Syrian refugees, and said it feeds into anti-Islamic sentiment that could lead to harassment and attacks.

“How are they going to go about doing this? Are they going to send marshals to the airport and be on the lookout for anyone who looks Syrian?” Limon said. “Clearly I don’t know whether this is bluster or political grandstanding, and I would love to hear what their attorneys thing, but it clearly sets the tone for a very negative environment.”

“They are really reacting emotionally and talk about stereotyping,” Limon said. “99.9 percent of all Syrians are not terrorists, there are obviously some who are and there are some Americans who are terrorists. Why let French or Belgium citizens in? They were they apparent ring leaders, it’s a collective punishment and clearly not well thought out.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped short of directly criticizing Rauner for the move. Instead the mayor pointed out that the federal government performs background checks on refugees before they get here and said the U.S. has a history as a welcoming place for people fleeing trouble elsewhere in the world.

“The United States government is reviewing anybody and all of their papers,” Emanuel said when asked to respond to Rauner’s decision while appearing at the French Consulate downtown to offer his support to the country in the wake of the attacks. “That’s a year away from the present moment. My one word is, security and our values go hand in hand. The United States government is in the vetting process, but our values are one in which we remind ourselves that we are an open, welcoming society. So the United States government, in conjunction, is actually vetting any of the migrants that are going to Europe.”

Asked to clarify whether he agrees with Rauner’s decision, the mayor again pointed out there’s a federal process in place, while calling for vigilance.

“I think that we’ve got to make sure, I think there’s a lesson to be learned in what happened in Paris, that as they vet people and their background, that the United States government is vigilant,” Emanuel said. “Obviously, if the governor of Illinois says something, Chicago’s not a separate entity from that. I would caution that we work with our federal partners that are doing the background and vetting process about helping Europe handle the migrant challenge that they have today from the Mideast.”

Emanuel said he will go ahead with plans he already made to attend a Dec. 4 summit on climate change in Paris. Standing alongside French Consul General Vincent Floreani, Emanuel said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo invited him to attend the summit when the two met during his trip there this summer.

“I was going to do it, because that’s an important issue for the city of Chicago,” he said. “Given recent acts, I was going to announce it a week from now, but I wanted to announce it today to make sure those who thought you could weaken or somehow sow fear, that is not the result here. In fact, if anything, it strengthens our resolve to be a sense of fraternity and camaraderie with the people of Paris at this moment.”

Politicians have begun reacting to Rauner’s announcement. Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Andrea Zopp criticized the move, calling it “another example of Gov. Rauner ignoring those in need.”

As of September, 94 refugees from Syria have been resettled in Illinois, including 62 in Chicago, according to the Refugee Processing Center, operated by the U.S. State Department. That’s about three times as many as in all of 2014, though those numbers don’t include Syrians seeking asylum, which is a separate process.

The other states to impose a temporary ban despite President Barack Obama’s opposition are Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Here is Rauner’s full statement:

“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America. We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. Therefore, the state of Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees and consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

COMCAST Cancels Appointments On Chicago’s South Side Due To Crime…

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Complaints about cable companies are legendary, but an online rant against Comcast on Wednesday got a response, and revealed a little more about the company’s practices.

Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Michael Pfleger took to Facebook to complain Comcast had told St. Sabina Church it could not send a technician out to fix Internet service at their employment center, because of violent crime in the neighborhood.

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The post was shared hundreds of times, and five hours later, Pfleger posted that Comcast showed up after his complaint drew attention from social media and news media.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.21.13 PMA Comcast spokesperson told DNAinfo Chicago the company canceled the appointment at St. Sabina, and five other appointments in the area, after Chicago police warned them about a possible spike in violence in the neighborhood. The company said it was looking out for the safety of its employees, and rescheduled the appointments for Thursday.

*(GENTLE GIANTS THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO)* – City weekend shooting toll: 2 dead, 28 hurt – Chicago Tribune


A man was killed and at least 28 other people, including a 10-year-old boy, were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.

A 55-year-old suspected robber was also fatally shot Saturday night at a Southwest Side store by a customer with a concealed carry permit, police said.

The 55-year-old man walked into a store in the 2700 block of West 51st Street in the Gage Park neighborhood around 7 p.m., announced a robbery to an employee working behind the counter and displayed a handgun, said police, citing preliminary information.

According to several law enforcement sources, the man’s gun was a toy gun.

A customer who was also inside the business pulled out a gun and opened fire at the man, identified as Reginald Gildersleeve, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Gildersleeve, of the 5000 block of South California Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:10 p.m. Gildersleeve’s autopsy showed that he died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police initially said the man was shot in the chest.

Police said the shooter has a valid concealed carry license and a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

Late Sunday, police in a statement said they were wrapping up the investigation of the shooting and indicated that “charges do not appear likely.”

So far this year, Chicago has seen at least 2,568 people shot, about 400 more than during the same period last year, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of shootings data collected over the last two years. Through Monday morning, homicides have risen to at least 418, up from 356 a year earlier, according to Tribune data on city homicides.

Around 13 hours after the shooting of the man in Gage Park, a 23-year-old man died after he was critically wounded in a shooting at 8:35 a.m. Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

The man was walking on the street in the 4100 block of West 31st Street when a male attacker pulled out a weapon and fired shots in his direction, striking him in the chest, police said. The shooter then got into a red SUV and fled.

The 23-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Police said the man was a documented gang member and a felon.

About 28 other people were hurt in shootings between Friday evening and early Monday morning across the city.

About 15 of the 28 people were shot between 5 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Eight people, including a 10-year-old boy, were wounded between late Sunday morning and early Monday morning.

The 10-year-old was shot at 2:35 p.m. Sunday in the 7600 block of South Parnell Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman.

Police said the boy was outside when a male on a bicycle began firing shots at a group of males standing on the street. The 10-year-old was not standing with the group the shooter was aiming at and did not appear to be the target, police said.

The boy was shot in the right hip and was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody as a result of the shooting early Monday morning.

Most recently, a 23-year-old woman was wounded in a shooting around 1:05 a.m. Monday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

The woman was standing outside near her boyfriend’s vehicle in the 1400 block of North Lawndale Avenue when an unknown male attacker came from a nearby alley and fired shots, striking her in the leg, police said.

The woman’s boyfriend drove her to Norwegian American Hospital. She was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was stabilized, police said.

Police said the wounded woman is pregnant.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls for NBC to rescind Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ hosting invite


“Racism is not funny,” the group wrote in a statement

by New York Daily News | November 3, 2015

A band of congressmen and women has declared that Donald Trump is Not Ready for Primetime.

The 26-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus has called for NBCUniversal and “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels to rescind the controversial GOP candidate’s upcoming hosting gig because of his remarks characterizing Hispanic immigrants as rapists and thieves.

“Racism is not funny,” the group wrote in a statement of opposition issued Monday. “Mr. Trump’s racist remarks and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants has created fear within these communities around the country.”

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges NBCUniversal to stand by its earlier commitment to end its relationship with Mr. Trump because the values of ‘respect and dignity for all people’ are more important than ratings and ad revenues,” continued the Caucus, which voted in a two-thirds majority to oppose Trump hosting.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a member of the group who has frequently spoken out against the real estate mogul in recent months, said an apology was in order.


Trump (c.) previously appeared on “SNL” in 2004.

“When a TV personality calls Mexicans and Latinos criminals and rapists, a corporate network should not give him 90 minutes of free air time in an entertainment venue without his first apologizing to the American people,” he said in a statement.

“Did I miss an apology? Did Trump do what Paula Deen or any other TV personality has to do after they make racist comments in public in order to get back on the air?”

The Caucus previously denounced Trump in June, decrying his “divisive and hateful rhetoric towards Mexicans and Latinos alike.”

This isn’t the first Hispanic group to demand that NBC pull the plug on Trump. Last month, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda blasted the network for enabling the candidate’s “hateful speech” and accused it of inviting Trump as a ratings ploy.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a member of the group who has frequently spoken out against the real estate mogul in recent months, said an apology was in order. Gutierrez.house.gov

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), a member of the group who has frequently spoken out against the real estate mogul in recent months, said an apology was in order.

NBCUniversal did sever business ties with the bombastic billionaire in June after his widely criticized comments about the immigrant groups.

Trump, for his part, has shrugged off the calls to disinvite him from the late-night sketch show — and gone as far as to claim he’s actually popular with Hispanic voters.

“I’m leading in the polls with the Hispanics,” he said on “Fox and Friends” when asked about the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts opposing his hosting “SNL.” “I have thousands of Hispanics that work for me; my relationships to Hispanics is better than those groups.”

Reps for NBC and Trump have not yet responded to the Daily News’ requests for comment.

Today’s Supreme Courts Decision Could Ignite a Civil War

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Illinois is once again at the center of a Second Amendment fight.

Recall a couple of years ago that Chicago was forced to allow people to carry concealed firearms in a Supreme Court case.

When this happened, some cities in Illinois flipped out that residents would now be able to have those scary AR-15s and at least one suburb passed an ordinance banning semi-automatic firearms.

Bob Owens from Bearing Arms believes the outcome of this case, if the Supreme Court decides to take it, could lead to asecond Civil War:

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as early as today whether they will hear a case concerning the obvious unconstitutionality of a Chicago suburb’s ban on semi-automatic firearms. These firearms are clearly protected by the explicit intent of the Second Amendment to protect arms suitable for militia use by the American people.

The explicit intent of the Second Amendment as written by the Founding Fathers was to ensure that the citizenry—whom they refer to as the militia—will always be armed with weapons of contemporary military utility in order to form a counterweight to the corrupting influence of government.

The firearms specifically banned by Highland Park and other municipalities are the semi-automatic carbines and rifles best suited for that original role as imagined by the Founders in a contemporary context.

If the Supreme Court fails to take up the case, or takes up the case and decides against Freidman, then they will have set the stage for an inevitable civil war, pitting the nation’s radical anti-gun Democrats who desire to destroy the Second Amendment against the 100-140 million American gun owners who will not comply with laws and court decisions that clearly fly in the face of original intent.

It’s interesting that gun control addicts often talk about the Second Amendment and the Founding Fathers intentions as being for a militia yet they don’t seem to grasp what that actually means.

In the ruling in Chicago, which of course is one of the most corrupt states in the country, the ban was kept in place which is why it may indeed be heard by the Supreme Court.

Imagine, if you will, that the Supreme Court decides banning the most popular rifle in the country is legally allowed?

How many states do you think will run out and try to put their own bans in place?

These types of firearms were banned under the Clinton Administration but had a sunset provision and no one had the fortitude to continue with the ban. Why? Because it did absolutely nothing.

AR-15s are rarely used in crimes. It’s not like they are easy to conceal. The majority of mass shootings are committed with pistols, not rifles.

It’ll be interesting to see if the court decides to hear the case and what their final decision will be once they do.

Owens is right, this could be a very defining moment in our country.

Families of Victims Murdered By Illegal Aliens To House Republicans: ‘No Paul Ryan’



American moms and dads whose children were murdered—even tortured—by illegal aliens have a last-ditch message for House Republicans: “No Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 58% as Speaker.”

Following his endorsement by

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) 93%, founder of the House Freedom Caucus, Ryan is effectively ensured the Speakership. That will put him in an even more powerful position than the Vice Presidency, potentially able to complete his widely-documented two-decade push for amnesty and unlimited migration.

On Monday the Remembrance Project, a group which honors the memory of Americans killed by illegal aliens, hosted a press conference. Breitbart News spoke exclusively to many of the victim’s family members about their thoughts on House Republican leadership.

“We don’t want Paul Ryan whatsoever. He’s worse than Boehner. We’ve seen what he will do [if he’s elected Speaker]” said the Remembrance Project’s founder, Maria Espinoza.

“We don’t want

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% either,” Espinoza continued, “Both of them have shown that they are not for the American people. Given their track records, they are not for this country or for Americans.”

newly-aired PBS documentary shows how that Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney labored with

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) 18% to push Rubio’s amnesty agenda through the House of Representatives. Rush Limbaugh has warned that if Ryan is Speaker and Rubio is President, “Then in the first 12 months of the Rubio… administration, first 12-to-18 months, the donor-class agenda is implemented, including amnesty and whatever else they want. That is the objective here.”

“All of us are against Ryan [as Speaker] and Marco Rubio [for President] because we’re against amnesty,” Mary Ann Mendoza told Breitbart News exclusively.

Mendoza’s thirty-two year old son Sergeant Brandon Mendoza was murdered by a previously-convicted criminal illegal alien, who was driving the wrong way down a freeway with a blood alcohol level that was three-times the legal limit.

“All of us have been calling [our representatives],” Mendoza said. “We’re telling them: ‘No Paul Ryan.’ He’s been for amnesty for years. He will take this country in the very direction we’ve been fighting against.”

Laura Wilkerson seconded Mendoza’s assertion. “Close the borders and enforce the rules that are here now,” Wilkerson said. Wilkerson’s 18-year-old son Joshua was tortured to death by a so-called DREAMER— i.e. an illegal alien who came to the country as a minor and, therefore, was given accelerated amnesty.

When Breitbart News asked Mendoza and Wilkerson if they had ever been contacted by either Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan, the two replied, “No, and I don’t think they ever will [reach out to us]. We’re on the opposite spectrum of their agenda.”

Rubio—in crafting his Gang of Eight bill—worked with a number of special interest groups, including the Chamber of Commerce.

The grieving mothers explained that, in their view, the Ryan-Rubio agenda was about importing more cheap labor to appease Republican donors. “We’re not the voter base that they want,” the mothers said with resignation.

The mothers’ frustrations were echoed by Dan Golvach, whose 25-year-old son Spencer was murdered by a four-time deported illegal criminal alien with a rap sheet extending back to 2001, which included felonies, assaults, and burglaries.

Golvach told Breitbart that he agreed with Rush Limbaugh that Ryan-Rubio would be a certain recipe for open borders.

If Paul Ryan is Speaker and Marco Rubio is President, “we might as well have just kept Barack Obama,” Golvach said.

Golvach described Rubio-Ryan Republicans, who pay lip service to securing the border while encouraging the flood of foreigners with the promises of amnesty, as “treasonous.” Golvach accused these sorts of politicians of leading a war against their own constituents:

We have one party [the Democratic Party] that disregards our immigration law for the sake of perceived future voters, and we have a party [the Republican Party] that does the same thing— [even though] they tell us that, ‘They’re on it, and they’re trying to do something about it,’ when the reality is that they’re forsaking our immigration laws for cheap labor to appease their donors… This is an act of treason against us. This is not a political issue. This is a war perpetrated on us. When you lose a child, it’s war.

“My son’s mother and I do not look at [our son’s] killer as anything more than a foot soldier. He was enabled by our government,” Golvach said.

Golvach briefly ran through some of the horrific stories that had been relayed at the press event by fellow Remembrance Project members. Golvach suggested that it’s time Rubio-Ryan Republicans begin practicing, in their own homes, the same open borders policies they want the American people to experience.

All of these horrible stories I’m hearing today: ‘My son was vaporized, my son was set on fire, my son’s brain was blown out…’ We can go on [and on] about this: drunk drivers, target practice. That is a war. That’s an act of war… These people [i.e. pro-amnesty politicians] are not our friends. We need to take action and fight them [i.e. pro-amnesty politicians]. And if I could— if I were king— I would pass legislation that would force these politicians who disregard our laws to no longer be allowed to live in gated communities and to keep their doors open all night so that their children can be exposed to this as well… yeah, I’m madder than hell and I will be for the rest of my life. We played by the rules, we do what we’re supposed to do, but the government falls all over themselves to make people from other countries happy.

In 2013, Paul Ryan told a Hispanic audience that it is the job of a U.S. lawmaker is to put oneself in the shoes of foreign nationals residing outside of the United States, and then work to find solutions that will better the lives of those foreign nationals.

At Monday’s press event, the American victims’ family members shared intimate details of their grief.

Juan Benavides—who throughout his childhood protected his brother Jesse from neighborhood bullies—spoke of the guilt he feels every day from knowing that as the illegal alien gunned Jesse down in front of Jesse’s 8-year-old son at a children’s birthday party, this time, Benavides was not there to protect him.

Another victim showed the crowd the smiling picture of 17-year-old Steve Woods—a photograph that was taken the day before illegal alien gang members plunged a paint-roller into the boy’s skull, killing him.

Laura Wilkerson told the crowd that when her teenage son was late coming home from school, she sent him a text message to check in on him. She later found out that at the moment she had sent the text message, her child was in the process of being “slaughtered.” Fighting back tears, Wilkerson told the crowd how, to this day, she still wonders if her child could feel the phone vibrating in his pocket with her message as he was dying.

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) 62% delivered opening remarks at the press event. Babin has been a leader in the House of Representatives on tackling the huge inflow of foreign refugees into the United States. He has introduced a bill that would pause refugee resettlement and has been vocal about the need to end Sanctuary Cities. For Babin to be successful, House Leaders will likely need to be forced into attaching a Babin-backed measure into a must-pass bill.

Conservatives worry that with Ryan wielding the Speaker’s gavel— a man whom longtime immigration fighter Roy Beck described as “the heart and soul of crony capitalism” and whose open borders ideology “seeps out of every pore of his being”— many of the popular enforcement bills championed by conservative members such as Reps. Brian Babin,

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) 79%Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) 100% and
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) 81% , will never see the light of day.

Democrat Senator Durbin Calls on the Administration to Accept 100,000 Muslim Migrants

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Outside of Muslim Brotherhood congressman Hakim Muhammad (aka Keith Ellison) and extremist Andre Carson,  Dick Durbin is the jihadis’ man in Congress.

I wonder how much he sold his soul for. It’s that or that they have something really wicked on this quisling. They own him.

Durbin opposed Peter King’s hearings on radicalization. And actually scheduled Senatorial hearings on “Muslim rights.”

Durbin recently returned from Lesbos – he wants this fro America:



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Durbin: ‘I Call on the Administration to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees’ BY CNS, October 20, 2015

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), just back from the Greek Isle of Lesbos where thousands of Syrian refugees arrive by raft from Turkey every day, urged the Obama administation to accept far more than the 10,000 Syrian refugees it plans to take in this fiscal year.

“The United States leads the world in financial assistance for the Syrian refugee effort. But we have a moral obligation to do that and more,” Durbin said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

“I call on the administration to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees,” Durbin said.

“Allow me to put the 100,000 number in perspective. Germany has agreed to accept 800,000 of these Syrian refugees. It’s estimated there are about 4 million total.

The United States accepted 750,000 Vietnamese refugees; over 500,000 Cuban refugees after the Castro regime took over. Those Cuban refugees included the fathers of two sitting United States senators, one of whom (Marco Rubio) is running for president of the United States.

“We accepted over 200,000 Soviet Jews who were being persecuted in that country. “We’ve accepted refugees from Somalia and from different places around the world, such as Bosnia. We’ve assimilated them into America, and we can do it again.”

Dubrin said all refugees are carefully vetted “to make sure that they’re not a threat to the United States or anybody who lives here.”

Durbin said the stories of the refugees he met are “heartbreaking.”

“They’re fleeing with their children, and whatever they can carry. Their destinations, uncertain — but they know they can’t stay in the camps or in Syria.

“They are the victims of smugglers and the victims of exploitation.”

Durbin said despite Greece’s economic hardship, he is “impressed with how the Greek people are handling this refugee crisis: Processing registration centers have been established, and many (refugees) are quickly on the way to resettlement in Europe.”

Durbin said he will be a strong advocate for humanitarian safe zones in Syria, so the people there can have a safe place to be treated for their illnesses and to at least live until this war comes to an end.”

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