Sooner or later it had to happen, the idea of Naperville as a sanctuary city. It’s been circling around the city like a beat-up, nasty, ping pong ball circling in a toilet bowl that’s just been flushed. Watch and listen as a resident (Anthony Castagnoli) from somewhere throws the topic at the Naperville city council:
He references CNN, the culprit in ‘fake news’, and Civics 101 as the basis for resisting the Trump train. With all due respect to Anthony, he probably would have benefited from also taking a class in Civics 102. We applaud his right to state his position, and the courage to do so.
This was followed by Naperville councilwoman Becky Anderson’s response to the speaker and anyone listening:
We have a Naperville city council member, other than councilman Kevin Coyne, willing to take a stand, even it if means losing her council seat, which most likely would happen. While most other Naperville council members and candidates beat around the bush, and are wishy-washy about using the name ‘Naperville’ and the words “sanctuary city” in the same sentence, councilwoman Anderson is willing to “welcome all” to Naperville, though she did give herself a little wiggle room by tacking on the words “more symbolic than anything”. However her sentiment is clear, bring them in (to Naperville) one and all.
Councilwoman Anderson takes Emma Lazarus’s quote associated with the Statue of Liberty, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free….” and by her use of the word “all” adds a few more folks to the group including felons, and as President Trump states, “some really bad dudes”.
Naperville councilman John Krummen is leaning towards Anderson’s position when he stated during the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Forum for candidates that he supports “our police not being actively involved in helping the Federal authorities rounding-up illegal immigrants”. What is so difficult to understand about the meaning of the word ‘illegal’?
It appears Krummen would echo the words of speaker Anthony Castagnoli who said “local law enforcement should not be engaged in seeking out people suspected of a crime in regards to being documented or not”.
Could Naperville become a sanctuary city? It just takes five of nine to approve the idea. Right now the vote looks like two most likely in favor, one against (Coyne) and six remaining silent…nothing but crickets.
Would Naperville remain a sanctuary city? If President Trump holds true to his position, and there is no reason why he wouldn’t based on his first month in office, Naperville city officials would fold like a bad lawn chair and cave in to the the almighty dollar, when the Federal money grab pipeline drys up.