Chicago Police Would Help Deport Me Unless We Change Our Sanctuary City Ordinance

 

Below is the testimony by Antonio Gutierrez, a member of OCAD at the press conference that took place on June 07, 2016 regarding the city’s carve-outs to the Welcoming City Ordinance. There will be a rally on Thursday, June 15th to continue to put pressure on the city to pass a clean ordinance that protects all immigrants. 

 

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Good morning, my name is Antonio Gutierrez and I’m undocumented. Because of a mistake I made when I was 22 years old, the City of Chicago does not want to protect me. In fact, they’ve have insisted that if I ever run into a Chicago police officer I should be turned over to immigration enforcement so that I can be deported.

Six years ago,  I was arrested for driving under the influence. No one was hurt, no property was damaged, but because I was undocumented and could not get a driver’s license,  I was charged with a felony by the State of Illinois. Between the time that I got arrested and the time that I went to court,  if I had ran into the Chicago Police for any reason, even if it was looking for help, they would be allowed to turn me over to immigration enforcement and deport me, just because I was charged with a felony.

Between the time that I got arrested and the time that I went to court,  if I had ran into the Chicago Police for any reason, even if it was looking for help, they would be allowed to turn me over to immigration enforcement and deport me, just because I was charged with a felony.

 

Three months later, a  judge decided to lower my conviction to a misdemeanor because it was my first time offense and because I agreed to rehabilitation. But the DUI conviction has affected my life  constantly, and it was the reason I have not been able to get my DACA like many of my peers.

Two weeks from now, the Mayor will ask the City Council to vote on amendments to the Welcoming City Ordinance, saying that we are making “One Chicago” stronger. But even under those amendments,  if I ever  come into contact with Chicago Police Department they could refer me to ICE. For me, and people like me, we do not live in a sanctuary city. But, are we not worth protecting?

These distinctions are problematic and oppressive. They create two classes of immigrants and are just a tactic meant to separate our communities and our movements by classifying us into “good” and “bad”.

If we are serious about creating sanctuary in the city of Chicago, we must stop all collaboration between Chicago Police Department (CPD) and ICE. We must stop dividing Chicago and protect all of us.

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel  is releasing his “One Chicago” initiative, he is keeping policies in place which divide our immigrant communities and put people like me at risk. Our existing sanctuary ordinance facilities Trump’s Deportation policies  for people who have been criminalized by our current systems.

If we are serious about creating sanctuary in the city of Chicago, we must stop all collaboration between Chicago Police Department (CPD) and ICE. We must stop dividing Chicago and protect all of us.

My name is Antonio Gutierrez, I am undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic

 

 

 

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