Chicago's Democrat Mayor Defends Freeing Illegal Alien Who Went on to Rape Toddler
Lori Lightfoot blames ICE for vicious attack: 'They should do their job better'
Chicago's Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot has defended freeing an illegal alien - who went on to rape a 3-year-old girl - under "sanctuary city" policy.
Lightfoot joined the Chicago Police Department in defending freeing illegal alien and convicted felon Christopher Puente.
After being freed by sanctuary officials, 35-year-old Puente, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, allegedly sexually assaulted the toddler in a public bathroom.
Puente was charged in Chicago, Illinois, with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault after he allegedly raped the young child in a locked McDonald’s bathroom stall.
The horrific attack made global headlines due to the shocking nature after it was revealed the unnamed victim screamed "daddy, daddy" during the assault.
The young girl's father was reportedly in the same bathroom helping her brother and managed to drag her under the stall by her legs to free her from the alien's grip after hearing her screams.
According to Breitbart, Puente could have been transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody by Chicago law enforcement officials in June 2019, but instead, the sanctuary city released the illegal alien back into the general public.
In statements to local media, Lightfoot and Chicago Police officials defended their release of Puente months before he allegedly sexually assaulted the three-year-old girl.
“If ICE is complaining, then they should do their job better,” Lightfoot said.
[ICE officials are] critical because we have said very clearly we are a welcoming city, a sanctuary city.
Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with ICE on any immigration-related business.
And that’s affected their ability to conduct immigration raids across the city. But that’s exactly our intention.
We have to make sure our police department is seen as a legitimate force in all our communities.
Likewise, Chicago Police officials defended their sanctuary city policy in a statement:
The Chicago Police Department remains committed to protecting all Chicago residents regardless of their immigration status.
Our pledge to restrict ICE access to our information systems and our refusal to cooperate with ICE immigration enforcement measures has not changed.
Puente has a long criminal history in the U.S. after first illegally crossing the southern border sometime before 2011.
Puente has two felony convictions for burglary in 2011 and 2017 and was convicted of forgery in 2012.
While crossing the Texas-Mexico border in Brownsville in December 2014, Puente was confronted by U.S. Border Patrol agents and claimed to be an American citizen, giving them a fraudulent birth certificate.
Puente was already a convicted felon in the U.S.
In March 2017, Puente failed to show up to his court date for an immigration hearing.
The judge subsequently ordered him deported from the U.S., but he had been freely living in the sanctuary state of Illinois.
In June 2019, ICE agents requested that Puente be turned over to them following his arrest for theft.
Instead, Chicago officials released Puente back into the general public.
Since Puente’s arrest for child sexual assault, ICE officials have once again requested the illegal alien be turned over to their custody should he be released from Cook County Jail at any time.
Chicago’s sanctuary city policy is likely to free him into the public, again, should he be released from jail.