Immigrant Rights Activists Submit FOIA to Mayor Emanuel to Uncover Information About Potential Ice Raids in Chicago

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Riverside, Calif., on June 22, 2017. Photo: MELISSA LYTTLE, NYT

Activists in Chicago submitted two FOIAs requests today for the Mayor of Chicago to release any information on pending ICE activity in the city

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)—March 5, 2018

Contact: Reyna Wences 

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 any and all information and communication about pending 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 information 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,” said Barbara Suárez Galeano, organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD).

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Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that fights deportations and criminalization of Black, Brown, and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. We fight case by case, person by person, alongside families to create an environment for our communities to thrive, work, and organize with happiness and without fear. Through grassroots organizing, legal and policy work, civil disobedience, and cross-movement building we aim to challenge the institutions that target and dehumanize us and reclaim our collective power.  Find out more at