Rep. Chris Miller
Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) argues Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent decision paving the way for violent felons facing deportation to be released into communities instead of turned over to ICE officials is a case of much more than just bad policy.
“My thought is that it’s a violation of his constitutional obligation and oath as governor to protect the citizens of this state,” Miller told the East Central Reporter. “When you realize the people we’re talking about are hardened criminals, you have to ask yourself what is the governor really thinking. It’s unbelievable anyone charged with upholding the safety of this state would release people we know are dangerous into our culture.”
Miller rages the fact that Pritzker never had the courage to inform citizens of the state about his actions only make them more irresponsible.
“We only found out about it after law enforcement members started stepping forward to complain about it,” he said. “It puts everyone at greater danger.”
According to the Dispatch-Argus, a spokesperson from the governor’s office described the policy switch as a “pause in corrections' interactions" with ICE while the administration conducts a procedural review.
Again, Miller fails to see the logic.
“We’re a country governed by laws, and we don’t get to pick and choose which laws we obey and honor, no matter what the circumstances are,” he said. “There’s only one God, and it’s not J.B. Pritzker. As lawmakers of this state, I think that we all need to cooperate with ICE, and I think that we need to make people immigrating to our country honor our laws.”
In 2019, of the 223 immigrants transferred from Pontiac Correctional Center to ICE detention, 11 were convicted of murder or attempted murder; over four dozen of predatory criminal sexual assault or abuse, some of which involved children; and 33 were convicted of a crime involving a weapon, according to the Dispatch-Argus.