Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city will be ready if the Trump administration goes back on its promise not to deploy federal agents who would arrest or detain residents without cause. (July 21)
LORI LIGHTFOOT: While we all understand that having additional federal resources can be a value add, they're not a value add if they're nameless agents riding around in vans, pulling people off the street, depriving them of their constitutional rights. That is not what a democracy looks like and we are not going to have that in the city of Chicago.
Unfortunately, we can't put anything past the Trump administration. I'm hopeful that they will not be foolish enough to bring that kind of nonsense to Chicago, but I'm also not naive. And we're going to be diligent and we're going to be ready, and if we need to stop him we are going to.
There are some things that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do, starting with passing commonsense gun legislation.
If he wanted to do that, that would make a measurable difference in the violence fight here in Chicago and in cities across the country. That's what partnership would look like. He's chosen not to do that and instead vilify Chicago, make us a punching bag. We're not having it.
AVIS WEISMAN: He needs to cooperate with the city and not bring destruction to the city. Whoever he sends in, they don't know us. They don't care. They're there to do a job. And I'm just afraid for the city to have to go through this.