Bran­don John­son ally oust­ed for ‘man­han­dling’ coun­cil­woman ahead of meet­ing on immi­gra­tion cri­sis

A top ally of May­or Bran­don John­son resigned as the Chica­go City Coun­cil’s floor leader on Mon­day after he received crit­i­cism for alleged­ly “man­han­dling” a coun­cil­woman to pre­vent her from attend­ing a meet­ing on the city’s sanc­tu­ary sta­tus.
Alder­man Car­los Ramirez-Rosa resigned from his lead­er­ship posi­tions, John­son announced on Mon­day, accord­ing to the Chica­go Tri­bune. His res­ig­na­tion was demand­ed by sev­er­al col­leagues who accused Ramirez-Rosa of “phys­i­cal and ver­bal harass­ment” after he sought to pre­vent Alder­woman Emma Mitts from enter­ing a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing last week.
The meet­ing cen­tered on a bal­lot ref­er­en­dum ques­tion regard­ing Chicago’s sanc­tu­ary sta­tus. Illi­nois is one of a hand­ful of states des­ig­nat­ed as sanc­tu­ary states, while Chica­go is the state’s only sanc­tu­ary city. Sev­er­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic-led cities, such as Chica­go, New York City, and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., have been hit with an influx of immi­grants from Repub­li­can-led south­ern bor­der states — a major pol­i­cy issu …