WASHINGTON--Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said "yes" during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday when asked if more cooperation between DHS and Chicago--which does not chase down illegal immigrants--could impact the city's murder rate.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to meet with Napolitano on Friday, during a visit here here where he huddles with other cabinet officials and discusses his Chicago Infrastructure Trust as a morning session at the Center for American Progress.
The DHS question was asked by Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) who said," I'm going to insert my oars into geographic waters that are far extended from my district. So sometimes that can be a harmful exercise. But I'm told that Cook County, Illinois, is a so-called sanctuary jurisdiction that does not cooperate with ICE to deport immigrants who have been arrested.
"Chicago, I am furthermore informed, is currently experiencing a massive wave of gang-related homicides. Might not better cooperation between the county and ICE to deport illegal-immigrant gang members help or assist or alleviate the murder crisis in Chicago?
"Yes," said Napolitano.
Coble replied, "So that's a hypothetical, I'll admit."
"Yes, I agree," Napolitano said.