Community organizations prepare mass meeting to Expand Sanctuary in Chicago
CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 30, 2017. This week, an immigration agent under direction of Chicago ICE Director Ricardo Wong shot an unarmed man inside his home.
Just days earlier, several residents who were racially profiled and wrongfully detained last August received notice that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is refusing to intervene in their case.The following are statements from local immigrant rights organizations in response:
Analía Rodríguez, Executive Director of Latino Union
“This shooting and the rejection of our racial profiling complaint are not a mistake – they are a direct result of the lawless, unaccountable group of agents that Wong has created. Communities of color need freedom and safety in our homes and workplaces. Instead, the Chicago ICE office is detaining men for nothing more than appearing to be Latino while waiting for work. ICE is not about public safety – it is a public danger.”
Organized Communities Against Deportations
“The Chicago ICE office and its director, Ricardo Wong, have repeatedly planned and executed violent raids in our homes and in our workplaces. They have rejected our racial profiling complaint proving yet again that Ricardo Wong’s ICE office has no accountability to the public, and offers no recourse to the people it targets. We will nevertheless continue to shed light on their abuses and organize our community to defend and protect each other. The City of Chicago must also take concrete steps to pass a Welcoming City ordinance with absolutely no carve outs. On April 8, dozens of local groups will gather for Expand Sanctuary in Chicago, a community action meeting about the campaign to expand sanctuary protections for all Chicagoans.”