March 5, 2018
Activists in Chicago submitted two FOIAs (Freedom of Information Request Act) today requesting the Mayor of Chicago to release any information on pending ICE activity in the city
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Chicago, IL — Today immigrant rights organizations gathered at Daley Plaza to announce the submission of two FOIAs requesting that the Mayor’s office and the Chicago ICE field office release details or communication about possible immigration operations in the city. Last week Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf defended her actions to warn Oakland residents about ICE activity targeting undocumented residents in the Bay area.
Over the last year, immigrant communities in so-called “Sanctuary” cities have been living under constant uncertainty and fear because the current federal administration has given ICE free reign to detain and deport. From home raids to “Operation Mega”, the Trump administration is using ICE to target people in cities they consider sanctuary for immigrants and Chicago is not an exception. Although there is still work to be done for Chicago to truly be a Sanctuary city for all, the Mayor should make public any information about imminent raids and allow our communities to protect themselves.
“Last week we launched a petition to the Mayor’s office to release details of potential ICE raids in Chicago. Today we are submitting two official requests to obtain this information. We hope that the Mayor and his office will make any information public for the protection of our communities. If Chicago is a ‘Sanctuary city, then our city officials should share any knowledge of immigration enforcement and allow Chicagoans to defend their rights,” said Barbara Suárez Galeano, organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD).
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FOIA ICE Chicago 03-05-2018
Media Contact: Reyna Wences, Organized Communities Against Deportations, OCAD