Indiana mayor and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spent months trying to convince the public that he’s a different kind of candidate.
But here’s the truth… “Mayor Pete” is about as shady and crooked as they come.
Now, he’s being hauled to court over a “fake ID” scandal that quietly flew under the radar for years.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch sued the City of South Bend, Indiana last week over a massive cover-up surrounding Buttigieg’s controversial identification program for illegal immigrants.
Here’s how Buttigieg’s little scam worked…
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His administration had local Latino outreach group La Casa de Amistad design and issue new identification cards for illegal immigrants.
Of course, these identification cards weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.
They were basically fake IDs — they looked official, but had no actual standing.
That is, of course, until Buttigieg quickly signed an executive order forcing the entire city to accept them as valid identification. Overnight, he gave illegal immigrants throughout the city access to services to which they were not entitled.
If the whole scheme sounds shady and underhanded… like some deal that was cut in a cigar-filled back room… well, good luck getting answers.
It appears that Buttigieg ran the whole ID program through La Casa, a non-government entity, to shield it from any public records requests. He’s trying to keep the whole sordid scheme in the dark.
“Doing this kind of program privately comes with a prominent benefit — confidentiality,” Jackie Vimo, a policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, told 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.”
And that’s where the Judicial Watch lawsuit comes into the picture.
Judicial Watch has tried to uncover the truth about Buttigieg’s program through another method — by filing numerous open records requests asking for any communications between Buttigieg, his staff, and the staff at La Casa.
Surely those communications should be publicly accessible. But, according to Judicial Watch, Buttigieg and his administration have stonewalled at every turn and have refused to turn over the information.
Now, everyone is headed to federal court.
“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.”
Is Buttigieg really a different kind of politician? It sure doesn’t sound like it.
— The Horn editorial team