By Illinois Review
In a deliberate and calculated move, Illinois Democrats are taking advantage of their supermajority grip in the legislature and have introduced legislation to create and expand the rights of illegal aliens who reside in Illinois.
The Noncitizens Rights Act, which was introduced last Tuesday by Democrat State Sen. Rachel Ventura, is loaded with legislative language that protects illegal immigrants, including restricting law enforcement or an agency from inquiring about a person’s immigration status if they are working with a government agency and would require law enforcement and government offices to post signs that a person will not be asked about their immigration status, among other things.
The Act also “sets forth requirements for the removal of files maintained by agencies when such files contain information regarding citizenship or immigration status.”
On Tuesday, the very same day this Act was introduced, Illinois State Sen. Celina Villanueva, D, introduced legislation to allow illegal aliens to register to vote in Illinois school board elections.
The proposed legislation states,
“The State Board of Education shall create a voter registration affidavit that shall be the exclusive means by which a noncitizen of the United States may register to vote in school board elections.”
The legislation goes on to cite Article III Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution that school board races are considered “non-State elections” and that illegal aliens could vote in school board races because there is not a specific citizenship requirement for voting in such an election.
It’s not a coincidence that on the day Ventura and Villanueva introduced their bills, Gov. JB Pritzker, D, went on the attack during a press conference, calling Illinois-based conservative grassroots organizations that recruit and support local school board candidates’ “racists” and “anti-LGBTQ” among other things.
“There are organizations that are anti-LGBTQ, that are racist, that are anti-Muslim, that are supporting candidates for these local [school] boards, and they’re trying to take over at a local level and build up candidates at the local level that they can then run for the state legislature.”
In August, and in a surprise move, Pritzker backed Democratic State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, a member of the Latinx Caucus in Springfield and the first latina to chair the Democratic Party of Illinois over Democrat US Rep. Robin Kelly, IL-2, the first black woman to chair the Democratic Party of Illinois and the incumbent – reiterating Pritzker and the Democratic Party of Illinois’ focus on the Hispanic community, and now illegal immigrants.
And with Democrats controlling every statewide office, the Illinois House and the Illinois Senate – both by a supermajority, there’s nothing that Republicans can do to stall or stop the Democrats’ agenda of normalizing illegal immigration and solidifying their rights by legislation.
Elections have consequences – and we’re seeing it play out in real time.
C’mon Illinois Review! You’re better than this.
It was no “surprise move” whom Governor JB Pritzker backed in the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI) chair race last year, and the DPI chair election was in late July, not August!
The DPI chair election last year for a full 4-year term leading the state’s Democratic state central committee was a proxy fight between Pritzker and Senator Dick Durbin. In the race in March of 2021 for the DPI chair for the unexpired term of disgraced DPI Chair Michael Madigan, Durbin’s candidate, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, won over Pritzker’s candidate, Chicago Alderwoman Michelle Harris.
Round 1 to Durbin.
Round 2 of Pritzker vs. Durbin had Durbin backing Kelly’s reelection for a full term, but Pritzker executed a master stroke by backing state Representative Lisa Hernandez as DPI chair for the full, 4-year term.
Shrewd of Pritzker to recruit a member of IL House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s leadership team, which earned the IL House speaker’s endorsement for Hernandez.
But the turning point of Kelly vs. Hernandez took place in the final week, 2 days before the DPI chair election when the Hispanic Democratic state central committeepersons, led by Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, then-state Rep. (now Congresswoman) Delia Ramirez, and state Senator Cristina Castro (Garcia’s first pick in 2021 DPI chair race), publicly endorsed Hernandez. The DPI chair’s race was over, Kelly withdrew the day before the election and Pritzker won the war against Durbin, who will be turning 82 by the end of his 5th term in the U.S. Senate, and is not expected to seek reelection in 2026 for a 6th term.
It should be noted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also backed Kelly last year, and will be one of many reasons Lightfoot loses her bid for a 2nd term as mayor of Chicago, be it on February 28 or April 4.
All that said, it is unknown what concessions Pritzker made, though given how Garcia, Ramirez and Castro held-out their public support of Hernandez until the last minutes, there were definitely some concessions made by the governor.
At Thursday morning’s McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole, the County Board’s resolution opposing and asking for repeal of HB 5471, the Protect Illinois’ Communities Act was on the agenda.
For over an hour of public comment, opponents of the resolution (supporters of the anti Second Amendment HB 5471) led by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Highland Park July 4th parade shooting victim Lauren Samuels Bennett and the McHenry County chapter of the pro-gun control group Moms Demand Action, made their case to the McHenry County Board members to defeat their resolution at the McHenry County Board meeting Tuesday night, February 21.
The McHenry County Board has 18 members with Republicans in the supermajority with 13 opposed to 5 Democrats. The at-large elected County Board Chairman Mike Buehler (R, Crystal Lake) is the 19th member of the McHenry County Board, and if the final vote on the resolution is tied, he would cast the deciding vote. McHenry County is the only Illinois collar county where Republicans control the County Board and all countywide elected offices.
The anti 2nd Amendment speakers accused the McHenry County Board the resolution made McHenryy County a “gun sanctuary”. The resolution has no such language.
But the “sanctuary” status was not lost on one McHenry County Board Republican, Jim Kearns of Grafton Township.
During his 10-minute speech after public comments, Kearns brought up Illinois being a sanctuary state and Chicago being a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants and criticized opponents of the resolution for highlighting mass shootings and the death of children while no one remembers the unborn killed through abortion-on-demand (abortions not the result of rape, incest or threat-to-the-mother’s-life) and accurately called it murder.
The cued video is a must-listen, as this brief quote highlights:
“Our problem with our society is, we’ve lost God! We’ve lost going to church…it is wrong to kill somebody…how many children have been aborted up to the moment of birth!”
Here’s the cued video, and listen to the rare occurance when a an elected public official speaks from the heart:
Thank you for watching.
Article VI the constitution is the supreme law of the land.
Article I, Section 8 To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization,
Article IV Section 4 The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. Illinois is inviting invasion, depriving citizens of republican government and tacitly endorsing violence against citizens by illegal aliens.
Amendment X uniform immigration laws reserved to the federal government “ The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Amendment XIV Equal treatment under the law, Illinois cannot exempt illegal aliens from provisions of federal law that remain applicable to illegal aliens in other states.
And finally, recent SCOTUS cas law on these matters. I
Arizona v. United States, 567 U.S. 387 (2012), was a United States Supreme Court case involving Arizona’s SB 1070, a state law intended to increase the powers of local law enforcement that wished to enforce federal immigration laws. The issue is whether the law usurps the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration laws and enforcement. The Court ruled that sections 3, 5(C), and 6 of S. B. 1070 were preempted by federal law but left other parts of the law intact, including a provision that allowed law enforcement to investigate a person’s immigration status.
Respectfully, you left out a big one from your list and SCOTUS which predates Arizona v. United States.
Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting, No. 09-115 (May 26, 2011) upheld states being able to enforce federal immigration law granted by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.
Arizona passed its Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) in 2007, and courts affirmed the LAWA at the District, Appeals and finally SCOTUS level in a 5-3 decision (Associate Justice Elena Kagan had to recuse herself, since she had written the White House brief challenging LAWA when she was White House counsel, prior to her appointment to SCOTUS).
To my knowledge, the only time anyone brought up similar legislation in Illinois was then-state Rep. Randy Ramey little over 10 years ago. Needless to say, it went nowhere.
The congressional record shows that post-Civil War lawmakers were concerned that states that allow illegal aliens to vote effectively wrongly nullify the Constitution’s “Uniform Rule of Naturalization Clause.”.
“Article I, Section 8, Clause 4: To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization [emphasis added], and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;”
” If the States can admit to the elective franchise those who are not citizens, thereby neutralizing the votes of citizens, not only the Federal power of naturalization becomes a nullity, but” * * * * “a minority of citizens by the aid of aliens may control the government of the States, and through the States the government of the Union [emphases added].” —Appendix to the Congressional Globe, 1868. (See near middle of 1st column.)
” Whatever difference there may be as to what other rights appertain to a citizen, all must agree that he has the right to petition and also to claim the Protection of the Government. These belong to him as a member the body politic, and the possession of them is what separates citizens of the lowest condition from aliens and slaves. To suppose that a State can make an alien a citizen or confer on him the right of voting would involve the absurdity of giving him the direct and immediate control of the action of the General Government, from which he can claim no protection and to which he has no right to present a petition [emphasis added].” —Appendix to the Congressional Globe, 1868. (See bottom half of 1st column.)
If this were a better world, Illinois Democratic lawmwakers would arguably lose their offices under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for open rebellion against the voting power of Illinois citizens.
“14th Amendment, Section 3: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof [emphases added]. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
“Section 5: The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”
Federal lawmakers would also lose their offices for letting state lawmakers get away with such a stunt.
“Article IV, Section 4 (4.4): The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government [emphasis added], and against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
This is Election Insurrection and anyone who enables or permits this is a Domestic Terrorist to the Republic and must b e treated the same as anyone who commits Treason.