A lawsuit has been filed against Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) for his role in an operation to create and hide identification cards for illegal immigrants.
Government watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the City of South Bend, Indiana, via an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) lawsuit, demanding communication records between it and the openly gay mayor’s office regarding La Casa de Amistad’s – a local not-for-profit corporation – creation of municipal ID cards for illegal aliens.
Illicit Democratic presidential primary candidate
An alarm was sounded when a local newspaper announced Buttigieg’s attempt to help illegal immigrants continue living in the United States against the law, including the production of ID cards and setting up paperwork directing police and other government entities to honor the cards as if their holders were legal residents.
“A nonprofit Latino advocacy group … unveiled a new identification card it hopes will make life easier for undocumented immigrants who live in the city,” the South Bend Tribune announced December 16, 2016. “The South Bend Community Resident Card, or ‘SB ID,’ won’t qualify as legal identification issued by the United States, Indiana or South Bend governments, but La Casa de Amistad Inc. hopes area businesses will agree to accept it for things such as picking up children from school or day care, or obtaining college transcripts, bank statements and pharmacy prescriptions, said Sam Centellas, La Casa’s executive director.”
Buttigieg’s leadership role in breaking the law was made clear.
“[Mayor Pete Buttigieg worked] closely with La Casa de Amistad – South Bend’s main Latino outreach center – and the nonprofit’s executive director, Sam Centellas, [to create a] Community Resident Card … created and distributed by the group – a private organization – not the city,” the paper stated. “Buttigieg’s part to make it all work was to sign an executive order requiring local services and institutions – like law enforcement, schools, the water utility and libraries – to accept the card as a valid form of identification.”
Once city officials declined to respond to open records requests – as required by law – Judicial Watch promptly filed suit to obtain email communications between Buttigieg, his staff members and La Casa de Amistad officials pertaining to the Community Resident Card program.
City officials attempted to act above the law by not complying with the law regarding transparency of their illicit scheme to protect illegal aliens from being brought to justice.
“Prior to South Bend ignoring the June 22, 2019, APRA request, the city refused Judicial Watch APRA requests for similar public information multiple times between June 24, 2019, and July 18, 2019,” Judicial Watch reported. “Each time, South Bend said the requests were too broad and not ‘reasonably particular.’ After each refusal, Judicial Watch would comply with South Bend’s suggestion to limit their request.”
Following the fourth exchange, the City of South Bend produced Buttigieg’s executive order, along with two information bulletins that were already accessible to the public.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is committed to hold the 2020 presidential primary candidate and his city accountable for its covert actions to willfully break the law.
“Mayor Buttigieg’s city administration in South Bend is in cover-up mode on his work for special ID cards to make it easier for illegal aliens to stay in the United States contrary to law,” Fitton asserted, according to Judicial Watch. “Judicial Watch made simple open records requests and have faced nothing but games from the Buttigieg administration – which is why we had to sue.”
Thumbing their noses at the law
Buttigieg – who has viciously attacked the Trump administration regarding its tough-on-immigration policies in order to pander for the minority vote – responded to the lawsuit by blasting Judicial Watch for bringing to light his illegal stealth activities claimed to “lend a helping hand to undocumented immigrants” (illegals).
“[The lawsuit is a] political stunt that is intended to scare immigrants,” Buttigieg’s presidential campaign stated on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
Buttigieg’s illicit activities forwarding his open-borders agenda have exposed his innovative ways of circumventing the law to forward his ultra-left platform, which includes extending every privilege to the LGBT community – the major is a gay “married” man.
“The rebuke from the Buttigieg campaign came less than 24 hours after Judicial Watch said it was suing South Bend, Indiana, for records and emails related to its ‘Community Resident Card’ initiative – a first-of-its-kind government-endorsed, privately run program that helps the small city’s undocumented population access services,” NBC News’ Adam Edelman informed.
Buttigieg’s national press secretary for his 2020 presidential primary campaign, Chris Meagher, was resolutely unapologetic about the mayor and city officials’ breaking of the law, insisting that they are doing the community a service by aiding and abetting illegal immigrants as they evade being apprehended and deported for residing in the U.S. illegally.
"Pete is proud of the immigrant community's contributions to South Bend, and he will continue to work to protect immigrant rights and help them feel welcome in South Bend,” Meagher stressed to NBC News.
South Bend Spokesman Mark Bode also affirmed that the city will continue to run its illicit program under the subterfuge of “protecting” community members.
“[The city will] continue to protect the well-being of all who live in our neighborhoods,” Bode told NBC. "Records related to the Municipal ID program are inaccessible by public records laws, as they are maintained by the nonprofit."
National Immigration Law Center Policy Analyst Jackie Vimo insisted that the covert activity can remain hidden from public scrutiny – even though citizens’ safety and tax dollars are at risk … especially with more than 4,000 illegal aliens currently living in the city.
"Doing this kind of program privately comes with a prominent benefit – confidentiality,” Vimo expressed to NBC News in June. “The best way to make sure sensitive data isn’t shared is to make sure that you don’t have any sensitive data to share.”
Pro-immigration activists are commending Buttigieg’s and the city’s clandestine and illicit ID-card operation, contending that – just like public officials in sanctuary cities refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents – they are providing a humane and safe-harboring service for the community.
National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani – who heads her nonpartisan immigrant advocacy group – accuses ICE, law enforcement or any other government agency enforcing the nation’s laws of being “rogue” outfits that must be stopped or evaded.
“It keeps the interests of the city, and these individuals, safe and ensures that undocumented immigrants are fully integrated into the fabric of South Bend, while keeping that data at an arm's length away from rogue actors,” Noorani told NBC News. “The way they have set this up has mitigated the risk of a rogue agency or organization from taking action.”