Mayor Buttigieg In Deep Mess Over ID Cards Aiding Undocumented Immigrants
Judicial Watch lodged a lawsuit against the South Bend, Ind administration. Mayor Pete Buttigieg for records on creating identification cards intended to illegally assist undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
The card was developed, perhaps in cooperation with Buttigieg’s office, by La Casa de Amistad, a local non-profit corporation, according to the suit.
Judicial Watch, in a press release, noted that on December 16, 2016, the South Bend Tribune reported that, “A nonprofit Latino advocacy group … unveiled a new identification card it hopes will make life easier for undocumented immigrants who live in [South Bend].” La Casa de Amistad Inc. are the creators of this “SB ID.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, reportedly 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,” to assist undocumented immigrants.
“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,” the paper noted.
The lawsuit of the legal watchdog arises in reaction to the inability of the city to react to a petition for open documents sent on June 22.
That application requested messages about the Community Resident Card program between Buttigieg, his staff members, and La Casa de Amistad representatives.
Prior to that, between June 24, 2019 and July 18, 2019, the city also rejected APRA applications for comparable government data various occasions. South Bend said the applications were too wide in each of those refusals and not “fairly specific.”
The organization said it complied with each request and narrowed its search requirements, but to no avail, leading to the lawsuit.
“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,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“Judicial Watch made simple open records requests and have faced nothing but games from the Buttigieg administration – which is why we had to sue.”
Buttigieg made headlines earlier this summer when he criticized his police department and characterized officers as inherently racist following a deadly shooting involving officers and a black resident armed with a knife.
During a speech in Chicago at the Rainbow Coalition, a black organization, Buttigieg said that South Bend is a “city that has known its measure of pain.” He added that he has worked to increase police professionalism, decrease bias, increase de-escalation tactics, but “whatever we’ve done has not been enough.”
Police officials pushed back against the mayor.
During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” by Fox News, Harvey Mills of the South Bend Fraternal Police Order said the incident had nothing to do with “skin color,” but rather focused on an officer defending himself against a suspect who was trying to attack him with an 8-inch knife.
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