Fox & Friends targets Chicago mayor who is resisting threats against his city's sanctuary immigration policies

Fox & Friends targets Chicago mayor who is resisting threats against his city's sanctuary immigration policies

Brian Kilmeade: Rahm Emanuel says "it's more important for me to stick up for illegals who are here illegally and criminals" after Jeff Sessions threatens to withhold federal money from Chicago

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From the August 8 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Yesterday we told you about how Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of the great city of Chicago, was going to file a lawsuit against the federal government because Chicago says the Department of Justice cannot legally require the city officials help the feds with immigration if they want money. Well, after they filed suit, the attorney general of the United States made it very clear that that was a mistake. 

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): So, wait a second. So, Rahm Emanuel says it's more important for me to stick up for illegals who are here illegally and criminals and sacrifice $3.2 million for my city? 

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Mhmm. 

KILMEADE: It's important to sue in order to get that money than to actually not be a sanctuary city? 

EARHARDT: Jeff Sessions fired back. This is what he said. He said, "The political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country's lawful immigration system. This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both New York and Los Angeles combined. The city's leaders cannot follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve." 

DOOCY: Such a good point. When you run a city, you can't be like a cafeteria: I'll have something over -- I'm going to follow that law and that law, but not follow that one.

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KILMEADE: For one thing, what I despise is that illegitimate argument that your parents came here 100 years ago, and you’re equating that to people who came here illegally over the last five, 10 -- or five days. That has nothing to do with what your parents did 100 years ago. They came, and they checked in, they signed in. That's why we can have all these DNA studies to go back through our heritage. Because we tracked you, because you were willing to sign in and we were willing to change your name at Ellis Island. I'd like to add this too, on top of that. There is some credence to law enforcement who say that if we begin to crack down on everybody here illegally we will begin to lose contacts for those criminals that are among them. I have heard legitimate law enforcement officials say that. I get that. However, you can't go against fundamentally the law and criticize somebody for enforcing the law. Look at what Miami-Dade County did. They were a sanctuary city. They are going to adhere what Attorney General Sessions said. 

Previously:

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Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt
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