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City responds to the Courier on Illegal Immigration Issues

  

  

  Illegals series to start Friday

December 6, 2007

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/683931,3_1_EL06_A1ILLEGALS_S1.article 

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Good Morning
Sunday, December 16, 2007

Council fails to impress Elgin’s AFLA

After reading city council members’ responses to their call for stricter anti-illegal immigration measures, the co-directors of the local Association for Legal Americans are, in a word, disappointed.

 

 

ELGIN — More than 2,000 residents have shown support for some anti-illegal immigration ordinances that a local group is asking city officials to impose, according to the group’s founders.

Doug Heaton and David White, co-directors of the Association for Legal Americans, have drafted seven measures they want implemented and enforced. They have solicited support from residents through petitions.

The Courier News has asked Mayor Ed Schock and the city’s six councilmen to respond to the proposed ordinances and, starting Friday, will publish their comments, edited only for style.

The days of publication and the seven measures as drafted by Heaton and White are:

Friday: “The city of Elgin will not do business with anyone who hires illegal aliens.”

Saturday: “Social Security card verifications should be made everywhere it’s legal. Thousands of illegal aliens are here using stolen identities.”

Sunday: “English should be Elgin’s official language.”

Monday: “Elgin police must apply for a CAP (Criminal Alien Program) officer on a permanent basis to identify criminal aliens incarcerated who are subject to deportation.”

Tuesday: “City ordinance (is needed) to tow and fine for no vehicle liability insurance.”

Wednesday: “We need Elgin police to apply for immigration training through the 287(g) program. This training gives our police officers the power of federal immigration agents.”

Thursday, Dec. 13: “We need immigration screening of all persons booked in the Elgin city jail and (to) keep records of how many illegal aliens are arrested each month.”

Beginning Friday, visit The Courier News online at http://www.couriernewsonline.com for the chance to voice your support or opposition to the measures discussed in this series.

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/special/685827,3_1_EL07_A1ILLEGALS_S1.article

Illegal Immigration
Members of the Elgin City Council respond
Beginning Friday, Dec. 7, Elgin City Council members respond individually to seven proposals by the Association for Legal Americans to crack down on illegal immigration locally. The Courier News will post the responses of each councilman to one proposal daily through Dec. 13. Readers may sound off on whether or not they agree with the day’s issue via a poll that will run alongside the council responses.
 

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Sarto’s Veto overturned

  

Board rejects Sarto’s veto

December 5, 2007

CARPENTERSVILLE — The police department will continue to sell old handguns to federally licensed dealers, rather than destroy them, as suggested by some trustees.

The board revisited the gun issue Tuesday night after Village President Bill Sarto exercised his veto authority two weeks ago, overruling the original 4-3 vote that favored selling the guns to a dealer for $3,000.

“Frankly, I cannot put a price tag on anyone’s life,” Sarto wrote in his veto message — his first since his term began in 2005.

“When people break into a person’s home, generally they look for a few things: cash, obviously, jewelry, things that can easily be pawned off, and guns,” Sarto said before Tuesday night’s meeting. “Even if a law-abiding citizen would purchase these weapons, they could unwillingly end up in the hands of the wrong people.”

The board voted 5-1 Tuesday night, overriding Sarto’s veto. Sarto did not vote because he previously exercised his veto authority.

Trustee Keith Hinz originally voted against selling the guns, but changed his vote Tuesday night, with the thinking that the guns could be sold to benefit other police departments and municipalities.

Of the 30 guns the department wants to unstock, 24 are handguns.

The department historically has sold the guns to federally licensed firearm dealers who specialize in police equipment, according to a report from Police Chief David Neumann.

Trustee Kay Teeter, who comes from a family of hunters and has a brother who hunts with a pistol, voted to continue selling the guns to a licensed dealer.

“There’s never been any problem … there’s no real reason not to do what we’ve done in the past,” Teeter said before the meeting. “People don’t just do bad things with guns.”

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Public interest is growing in Elgin, on Illegal Immigration Issues

Elgin readies its answers to

 AFLA on immigration

 http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/674585,3_1_EL30_A1IMMIGRATION_S1.article

November 30, 2007

ELGIN — As two local men continue to seek support from residents in their campaign for the implementation and enforcement of anti-illegal immigration ordinances, city officials prepare to give their positions on those measures.

Beginning next week, The Courier News will publish seven stories on seven consecutive days that address the ordinances which the Association For Legal Americans, founded recently by Doug Heaton and David White, is asking city government to draft and enforce.

These stories will include responses from Mayor Ed Schock and the city’s six council members, edited only for style.

The Courier News asked city officials on Nov. 16 to consider the seven measures and draft their responses.

The days of publication and the seven measures as drafted by Heaton and White are:
Friday, Dec. 7: “The City of Elgin will not do business with anyone who hires illegal aliens.”
Saturday, Dec. 8: “Social Security card verifications should be made everywhere it’s legal. Thousands of illegal aliens are here using stolen identities.”
Sunday, Dec. 9: “English should be Elgin’s official language.”
Monday, Dec. 10: “Elgin police must apply for a CAP (Criminal Alien Program) officer on a permanent basis to identify criminal aliens incarcerated who are subject to deportation.”
Tuesday, Dec. 11: “City ordinance (is needed) to tow and fine for no vehicle liability insurance.”
Wednesday, Dec 12.: “We need Elgin police to apply for immigration training through the 287(g) program. This training gives our police officers the power of federal immigration agents.”
Thursday, Dec. 13: “We need immigration screening of all persons booked in the Elgin city jail and (to) keep records of how many illegal aliens are arrested each month.”

White said more residents have shown interest in AFLA since the story about the group’s formation ran Sunday in The Courier News.

That day, “we had 156 e-mails, all positive. Right now, we’ve broken 2,000” signatures received, he said of the fliers he and Heaton have circulated.

As of Wednesday, the group had raised $800 in donations from residents, White said.

Other responses to the group’s campaign also have been quick in coming. At the most recent meeting of the Elgin City Council on Wednesday night, Elgin Latino Political Action Team chairman George Irizarry denounced AFLA’s seven proposed measures, calling several of them “offensive.” He said they portray “an unfriendly and unwelcome tone” that runs contrary to efforts of encouraging diversity throughout the community.

“These proposed ordinances create and foster contempt for immigrants and the general population who enjoy Elgin’s diversity,” he said. “If you recall, our neighbor to the north (Carpentersville) proposed similar ordinances, which sparked protest and disharmony among its residents who are now feeling the negative repercussions of such controversy.”

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Aunt Brenda’s gossip corner

Hello Carpentersville,

My column will usually report on the news that is not reported in the newspapers that you read. I will dig for information that will show the hypocracy of those into name calling and pointing their fingers at others for political gain.

It’s unfortunate that Carpentersville has had a long series of Village Presidents who are more worried about the next election, to elect their supposed allies, than the common good of it’s citizens. Or, they’re worried about their own necks in the upcoming election. Yes, ladies and gentlemen I’m talking about Bill Sarto.

Village President Bill Sarto and his sole ally trustee Linda Remariz Sliwinski are using Carpentersville for their leftwing ideologically partisan thinking to pander to the Hispanic population for support. These two characters have stooped to levels of mudslinging, that have never been seen in Carpentersville before. They apparently won’t be happy until the entire eastside of Carpentersville becomes a Hispanic Ghetto. So much for diversity, heh?

Both Mr. Sarto and Mrs. Sliwinski both point fingers and make accusations of bigotry and racism to anyone who stands against their continued attempts to make Carpentersville a SANCTUARY for illegal aliens who invade our country and DEMAND rights and privileges given to Americans. They even stoop as low as to personally attack and discredit their fellow trustees and yet they complain that the other trustees won’t work with them.

It’s so tragic and almost comical that I and others voted for Linda Rameriz Sliwinski. We never thought for one minute that she would concentrate more on organizations that exist outside of Carpentersville, then the betterment of the citizens of Carpentersville. She travels to California, for what? She went there to see how to communicate effectively with the Hispanic community…..hmmm. Didn’t she know how to already? This self-serving woman also loves to attend all these pro-illegal rallies throughout the Chicago area, where she loves to give speeches. These speeches are filled with hate and denounces all those who oppose the flooding of our communites with illegal aliens as BIGOTS and RACISTS!

Mrs. Sliwinski is more concerned about these pro-illegal organizations, than the well-being of the citizens of Carpentersville. Perhaps, her going to Mexico recently was in the best interest for what?

Trustee Linda Remariz Sliwinski, where are your loyalties? Are they with the illegal aliens who stretch our resources, burden our taxpayers, depress the wages of Americans, raise our crime rate and help make our schools fail academically. You need to wake up lady or maybe you want Carpentersville to become a Hispanic Ghetto? Why not Linda, you know all whites, except those with the same failed ideology b.s. are just BIGOTS and RACISTS!

My next column will get down and dirty about the foul tactics, being used by these two characters against their perceived enemies.

Just my thoughts,

Brenda

The views expressed in articles published in” Aunt Brenda’s Gossip Corner ” Column are those of the author alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of Carpentersville’s Playhouse Web Blog.

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Elgin Group wants city to target ‘illegal aliens

  

  

Group wants city to target ‘illegal

 aliens’

November 25, 2007

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/666187,3_1_EL25_A1IMMIGRATION_S1.article

ELGIN — Two local men are aiming a spotlight on what they consider a growing problem that must be addressed by city officials.

Elgin has become an attractive destination for illegal immigrants, and the city’s infrastructure is buckling under the influx of people, according to Doug Heaton and David White.

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Doug Heaton (left) and David White are co-directors of the Association for Legal Americans.
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“This is the challenge to the elected leaders of Elgin,” Heaton said. “Reduce the 30 percent illegal alien population. Create deterrents against future illegal aliens. Foster assimilation.”

To that end, he and White have asked the city council to implement seven measures they say are legal under federal laws and will help reduce the number of illegal immigrants residing in the city.

“I think that’s what we’re trying to do, is set up a deterrent that (Elgin is) not a place to relocate,” Heaton said.

As drafted by the two men, the seven ordinances they want implemented are:
• “We need immigration screening of all persons booked in the Elgin city jail and keep records of how many illegal aliens are arrested each month.”
• “Social Security card verifications should be made everywhere it’s legal. Thousands of illegal aliens are here using stolen identities.”
• “We need Elgin police to apply for immigration training through the 287 (g) program. This training gives our police officers the power of Federal Immigration Agents.”
• “Elgin police must apply for a CAP (criminal alien program) officer on a permanent basis to identify criminal aliens incarcerated who are subject to deportation.”
• “City ordinance to tow and fine for no vehicle liability insurance.”
• “English should be Elgin’s official language.”
• “City of Elgin will not do business with anyone who hires illegal aliens.”

In an e-mail query sent Nov. 16, The Courier News asked Mayor Ed Schock and all city council members to respond to these seven suggestions. The newspaper will publish their answers in a future story, and also a more in-depth explanation of the seven points.

Petitions circulating

Heaton and White have formed an organization called the Association for Legal Americans. Their Web site, http://www.legalamericans.net, went live a few weeks ago, and the two men have been collecting petitions from area residents.The postcard-size petition seeks volunteers to “build a strong base against illegal immigration,” and solicits donation money.

White, a retired businessman and lifelong Elgin resident, said they have received more than 1,000 responses so far.

“Over a period of time, I realized what the transition to Elgin’s look was, in respect to the culture and the way it was changing,” he said. “It was over a gradual period of time that I started getting involved and looking at the statistics and all of a sudden it just opened my eyes to what was going on in Elgin.”

What was going on, according to White, was a population increasing too fast for city services — including local hospital emergency rooms, schools and police — to handle.

“This country and this city cannot continue to take on this volume of people, and have the homeowner the one who has to pay,” he said.

Heaton, a 20-year Elgin resident and Elgin School District U46 Board member, said he and others have “compassion fatigue.”

“The problem’s just gotten so huge, you know. For years and years we’ve accommodated, and we don’t see anything but just a more vocal demand for things,” he said. “Compassion fatigue, I guess, is the best way to put it.”

For Heaton, this fatigue has set in over time. Protest marches in May 2006, in which immigrants across the country rallied in opposition to proposed federal legislation that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally, set Heaton off.

“It just angered me,” he said. “I dug into facts and figures to try and figure out how we got here.”

Heaton began to research what local measures could be enforced because, he said, the federal government was not addressing the issue.

“The rubber meets the road here in Elgin where we have to take care of their health care, have to provide schools for them, we have to put up with the crowding issue,” Heaton said of those who have entered the country illegally.

Heaton said he lived in Peru for two years and speaks Spanish, and that “it’s really kind of hard to target Hispanics” because they are great people.

“But it doesn’t hide the fact that they’re here illegally. It’s a burden on our society that shouldn’t be there.”

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