By: Diane Benjamin
Government should operate on facts, not feelings. The illegal immigration issue won’t be solved in Bloomington for the same reason it isn’t solved in DC. It has nothing to do with people not being able to make decisions. They have decided:
To some laws matter, to others they don’t.
The people camping at City Hall did nothing to further their cause by defacing public property: https://blnnews.com/2018/03/26/since-immigration-laws-dont-matter/
I heard they used spray chalk which should be washed off with the rain, I’m waiting for reports on that now. I’m betting if other people “painted” opposition to Tari Renner in large letters in front of City Hall they would be arrested.
The Council is being asked to prevent the local police from working with ICE. Does that mean ICE can’t be contacted if an illegal commits a violent crime? We don’t know since whatever ordinances being considered aren’t public.
People are breaking the law just by being here illegally. They legally aren’t allowed to work without a work permit. If they are working for cash, that breaks more laws and it means they aren’t paying taxes. The whole “welcoming ordinance” sets up a lawless society because of how people feel. Government’s job is to uphold the law, not re-write it for the benefit of a few. Bloomington is headed down a slippery slope if they carve out exceptions for their buddies, we might as well be a third world country.
With pothole filled roads that won’t be fixed anytime soon, Bloomington isn’t that far away.
If FIVE alderman actually believe Bloomington should not pass an ordinance usurping the rule of law, they could drafts an ordinance now and put an end to this nonsense. The Council can’t balance the budget, can’t fix the roads, and aren’t prepared for the upcoming hit to the local economy. They need to quit wasting time trying to pretend immigration status is a problem they can solve. People here illegally put themselves in that position, changing laws just for them should be in the dictionary as a definition of insanity.
Public comment starts at 17:53 with mostly people demanding protection for illegals. A few others are thrown in.
Aldermen comments went off the rails again. It started with legal immigrant Alderman Mwilambwe. He was the target of a protest at ISU where he works. When does Not In Our Town cross the line? Is intimidation democracy now? I can guarantee there are people in Bloomington who will contact ICE themselves if the Council doesn’t stop this now.
Alderman Buragas and Mayor Renner then got into a long discussion that only ended when Alderman Bray interpreted Tari’s sermon . Just hit play to hear this entire discussion starting with Mkoka. Bray’s comments didn’t happen until 2:47:37, 15 minutes into the discussion. Note Alderman Painter and Schmidt don’t look happy.