Chicago Immigrants Demand Accountability for City Complicity in Deportations

Group points to the disproportionate placement of DUI checkpoints in Latino communities as anti-immigrant and contrary to the city of Chicago’s commitment to be a Sanctuary city for immigrants.

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—June 4, 2015. On Monday, June 8, from 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., local residents and community organizers convene outside the offices of Mayor Rahm Emanuel (4th Floor, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.), chief of police, to denounce disproportionate placement of DUI checkpoints in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods. The group will highlight the connection between racialized policing and deportations, and call for the city, police department, to stop complicity in deportations of Chicago immigrants.

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that 84% of DUI checkpoints are found in predominantly Latino and Black neighborhoods. By comparison, only 4% of DUI checkpoints are found in predominantly white neighborhoods—despite the fact that these neighborhoods account for about 25% of the city’s alcohol related accidents.

For immigrant communities, racist policing can have extremely devastating effects. Especially after the President Obama’s announcements in November, the immigrant community has experienced an aggressive and alarming increase in the detention and deportation of individuals with minor charges such as driving under the influence.

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Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.